A recent editorial in the Tribune (“A note to agencies: Keep emails,” Jan. 28) calls attention to the lack of clear policies on the retention of email messages dealing with government business by local government agencies.
The League of Women Voters is pleased to see this issue raised. The League supports an open government system that is representative, accountable and responsive. We support policies that protect the citizens’ right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision making. Government cannot be held accountable and citizens cannot engage in informed participation in government decision making if information on that decision making is not available to the public and to the media.
We support the call for all government agencies in the county to develop policies to ensure that email records dealing with government business, the people’s business, are retained for a minimum of two years.
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President, League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County
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Not so simple
The premise that sports, courts and government are zero-sum enterprises ignores many realities. It would be hard to call LeBron James a loser despite Cleveland’s record. Courts are typically forums where difficult issues are mediated to both parties’ satisfaction and benefit. When government spends for infrastructure, the military, schools and many other things that private industry can’t or won’t tackle, the societal benefits far outweigh the costs.
Looking, on the other hand, at free enterprise, the financial collapse made a shambles of Alan Greenspan’s faith in the self-healing properties of deregulated markets. We live in a country where important products like medical care and broadband services lag the functionality and quality of similar offerings in far more heavily regulated, developed countries — at significantly higher prices.
Any or all of these things are worthy of vigorous and lengthy debate, far more than can be incorporated in a 200-word letter. That’s exactly my point. The Ayn Rand crowd would like to make issues related to the role of government and private enterprise seem simple. They’re not.