Articles by Kelley Shannon

Show us the money, let us see how tax dollars are spent

September 8, 2018

It’s quite simple, really. We Texans have a right to know how our taxpayer dollars are spent. It’s our money. We, the people, choose our government. Our elected public officials represent us. They manage and spend our tax money. But …

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During ‘Sunshine Month,’ put spotlight on government accountability

March 9, 2018

Shining light on the government to hold it accountable is hardly a new idea. In fact, Texas was a national leader in this realm for more than 40 years. Sadly, the flow of public information in this huge state is …

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Transparency Leads to Real News

September 8, 2017

Whether depending on our government for storm recovery, good schools, police protection or other important services, openness and access to information are essential to ensuring the job gets done. A free flow of information helps citizens keep watch on their …

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Texas must act now to repair damage to Public Information Act

March 21, 2017

Sunshine Week Guest Column, March 12-18, 2017 By Kelley Shannon Executive Director Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas We Texans are fortunate when it comes to access to government information. Correction. We were fortunate. For more than 40 years, Texas’ open …

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First Amendment rights, open government essential to democracy

September 5, 2014

Defending the U.S. Constitution is popular these days, when it centers on gun rights, states’ rights or search and seizure protections. As we guard the principles of our nation’s founders, let’s not overlook the all-important First Amendment of the Constitution …

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