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Sunshine Week: Open Government

Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Nashua teachers’ absenteeism rate better than national average

NASHUA – Nearly one-quarter of Nashua’s teaching staff used 10 or more sick days in each of the last two school years, according to data … Full story    
Published:  March 30, 2014

Sunshine Week: It’s always Sunshine Week

The Telegraph on Saturday concluded another weeklong series of news stories commemorating “Sunshine Week.” The purpose of Sunshine Week is to highlight the importance of … Full story    
Published:  March 23, 2014

Sunshine Week: Citizens get crash course on Right to Know at Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester

MANCHESTER – Just about every piece of paper inside city hall is a public document, and you have a right to access it. That notion … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2014

Sunshine Week: Despite promises to be transparent, Obama administration more secretive than ever

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2014

Sunshine Week: Nashua police list of weapons is public info, to a point

NASHUA – When a call came in to the Nashua police department last week about men with guns seen near an elementary school, police responded … Full story    
Published:  March 21, 2014

Sunshine Week: Nine area legislators had perfect attendance in 2013; eight missed more than 30 percent of the votes

CONCORD – Thanks to deaths and resignations, the 400-member House of Representatives is down to 388 strong. That’s not to say that when they meet, … Full story    
Published:  March 20, 2014

Sunshine Week: More legislative changes to NH Right-to-Know law up for debate this year

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Legislature is grappling this year with many proposed changes that seek to alter the state’s Right-to-Know Law. But the proposal … Full story    
Published:  March 19, 2014

Sunshine Week: Tensions rise over access to local government

It was a chilling crime and, even with a quick arrest, disturbing questions lingered. Derrick Thompson called 911 in the coastal Maine city of Biddeford … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2014

Sunshine Week: After Hudson man takes his own life following DWI arrest, Hudson police refuse to release policies

When police officers come in contact with someone who wants to take their own life, how are they trained to respond? That question lies at … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2014

Sunshine week: City officials question the need to feed workers with taxpayer funds

NASHUA – Public works employees in Nashua were in the spotlight last year for dining out on the taxpayer’s dime, but they aren’t the only … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2014

Sunshine Week: Credit card spending by city employees topped $100,000 in one year

Editor’s note: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws protecting the public’s freedom of information. Each year, through a series of Right to Know … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2014

Sunshine Week: They’re called fire departments, but in Greater Nashua, they don’t usually go to fires

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws protecting the public’s freedom of information. Each year, through a series of Right to Know … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2014

Police: Patrols, enforcement help reduce number of fatal crashes in NH videocam

More than 100 people died on New Hampshire roads last year in 98 fatal crashes, a jump from 84 crashes that killed 90 people the … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2013

Amherst trending slowly toward better transparency

AMHERST – Retired Fire Chief Rick Crocker no longer jumps in the car and speeds off when the alarms sound. But he’s spending a lot … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2013

Singh: Let’s break conspiracy of silence on US detention policy.

The debate over torture and the secret detention of terrorist suspects lingers more than a decade after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks mainly because there … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2013

Minute-taking practices vary from town to town videocam

NASHUA – When town and school boards meet to conduct government business, the trail of their actions varies from a verbatim transcript to a loose … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2013

Costs can be a hurdle for public in gaining access to documents

CONCORD -- The hotly-contested, 20-year contract for warehousing state liquor sparked the only debate over the state’s Right-to-Know Law before the New Hampshire Legislature in … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2013

Kiely: TV stations tuning out disclosure law

Americans rely on their local TV stations for news. But at some of those stations, an examination by the Sunlight Foundation of newly accessible public records reveals, … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2013

Sunshine Week: School employees, city inspectors get most money in Nashua for time behind the wheel

Nashua schools are tops, at least in terms of mileage reimbursements for city employees. The three city employees who received the most money for the … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2013

Sunshine Week: City assigns vehicles to some supervisors – and public works gets the hybrids videocam

NASHUA – Public Works not only has the most city vehicles assigned to specific workers, the division also arguably has the coolest. Each of the … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2013

Nashua city clerk leads Sunshine Week open government session on public records maintenance videocam

NASHUA – Forget wind, rain and snow. The next disaster to threaten Nashua residents, and the city’s public records, could come from below, City Clerk … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2013

Sunshine week: Shut the door – Mayor likes to keep office meetings private

NASHUA – John Stabile, Jim Conway and David Fink are just some of the prominent people Mayor Donnalee Lozeau has hosted in her office for … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2013

Nashua city clerk leads Sunshine Week open government session on public records maintenance videocam

NASHUA – Forget wind, rain and snow. The next disaster to threaten Nashua residents, and the city’s public records, could come from below, City Clerk … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2013

Lee: Public has major role in government oversight

The caller on the other end of the phone line was near exacerbation. He had been given the run-around by government officials, the very people … Full story    
Published:  March 12, 2013

Sunshine week: Text messages a way for Nashua mayor to get crime, storm updates quickly, records show videocam

NASHUA – When a crime or an emergency happens in Nashua, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau likes to get updates straight from the police chief. And although … Full story    
Published:  March 12, 2013

Sunshine Week: Is your alderman listening during the meeting, or just hanging on Facebook? videocam

NASHUA – In January, Ward 3 Alderman Diane Sheehan was at home, sick with strep throat and watching an Infrastructure Committee meeting on TV while … Full story    
Published:  March 12, 2013

Schneider: Legislatures must be transparent, too

How well does your state legislature give its citizens access to its information? This Sunshine Week, as we reflect on the public’s right to know … Full story    
Published:  March 11, 2013

Area towns provide pay figures, not other details videocam

NASHUA – If you want to know how much an employee in your town was paid, go right ahead and ask. The state’s Right-to-Know law … Full story    
Published:  March 11, 2013

Sunshine week: Retiring workers cost Nashua nearly $1 million in 2012; former deputy fire chief tops the list videocam

NASHUA – Former Police Chief Donald Conley only worked a handful of hours for the city last year. Still, Conley, who stepped down at the … Full story    
Published:  March 11, 2013

Fighting for your right to know

If you have been blazing through the state’s toll booths without paying, don’t worry. Nobody will find out how much you owe the state in … Full story    
Published:  March 10, 2013

Pappas: Apparently, not everyone’s a fan of open government

“Screw you telegraph!” Or, um, welcome to Sunshine Week ’13, The Telegraph’s annual participation in a national initiative to bring attention to your right to … Full story    
Published:  March 10, 2013

Sunshine Week: About one-quarter of Nashua teachers called out sick 10 or more times last year videocam

NASHUA – One out of four teachers in the Nashua School District called out sick 10 or more times during the 2011-12 school year. Thirty-one … Full story    
Published:  March 10, 2013

Sunshine Week: Cost of covering teacher absences in Nashua just over $1 million in 2012

NASHUA – The Nashua School District spent $1.03 million paying substitute teachers in the 2012-12 school year, about 1 percent of its total fiscal 2013 … Full story    
Published:  March 10, 2013

City workshop looks at email, tweets, Facebook as part of public record

NASHUA – State and local workers should be careful in crafting emails, as well as tweets and posts on Facebook or other social media. It’s … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2012

Meals, flowers listed among Nashua mayor’s personal credit card expenditures

NASHUA – Anyone having a working lunch or dinner with the mayor last year likely dined on a meal from Villa Banca or The Seedling … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2012

Bulk of $182k Nashua charged in 2011 done by schools

NASHUA – Just as electronic communication has become quicker and easier over the last decade, so has electronic monetary exchange. The city’s increasing use of … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2012

City releases emails detailing who knows what during an emergency, and who determines what is fit for public consumption

NASHUA – Joe Citizen isn’t the only one hungry for information from PSNH when the lights go out. Emails requested by The Telegraph show Justin … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2012

Partnership between Nashua PD and Telegraph yields online interactive crime map videocam

NASHUA – A commitment to better communication by Nashua’s new police chief is opening up much more police data to public view in the form … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2012

New Hampshire gets D-minus in report gauging transparency in spending

New Hampshire is nearly failing when it comes to transparency in spending. That was the conclusion of the New Hampshire Public Interest Research Group, which … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2012

Pennichuck directors grapple with unique status as corporate board under city ownership

If you want to know what the new board of directors of Pennichuck Corp. is up to, just go to one of their Friday morning … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2012

Hollis keeps nonpublic meeting minutes out of public view

Hollis selectmen met in nonpublic session 41 times in 2011 – often twice in a single meeting – and the vast majority of those closed-door … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2012

Bills before Legislature would strengthen state’s Right-to-Know Law

Several bills before the state Legislature would significantly strengthen New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know Law if they become law. The group of bills address the existing law … Full story    
Published:  March 12, 2012

Not all retirees get paid through state’s retirement system

AMHERST – Not all workers retired from public jobs are created equal. After last fall’s ruling by the state Supreme Court making the names and … Full story    
Published:  March 12, 2012

Working for city of Nashua can be lucrative

NASHUA – Of the 44 city employees who took home more than $100,000 last year, two-thirds used overtime and other bonus pay to reach six … Full story    
Published:  March 11, 2012

Nashua taxpayers spend thousands for city employees’ phones

NASHUA – Who is the chattiest Cathy in the city? That would be Ken Lowe, who works at the wastewater treatment facility. Texting Tommy? Well, … Full story    
Published:  August 14, 2011

Longevity payouts add up for Nashua

NASHUA – With three and a half months left in the fiscal year, Nashua so far has shelled out $608,715 in longevity pay to workers. … Full story    
Published:  March 20, 2011

Anyone can become a government watchdog

The idea of Sunshine Week is to help people like you know what your elected officials are doing. So, why shouldn’t you be one of … Full story    
Published:  March 19, 2011

Lower newspaper staffing affects investigative reporting

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws protecting the public’s freedom of information. Sunshine Week is an annual examination of government’s responsiveness … Full story    
Published:  March 19, 2011

Can’t ever afford to let our guard down

Pennsylvanians have reason to celebrate during Sunshine Week; we’re entering the third year of the new Right-To-Know Law, which finally allowed us to look at … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2011

Site will allow public to review state checkbook

CONCORD – The new website of a free-market think tank will allow the public to examine the checkbook of New Hampshire state government. The Josiah … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2011

Gun permits more common in smaller towns

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws protecting the public’s freedom of information. Sunshine Week is an annual examination of government’s responsiveness … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2011

Citizens key to rebooting transparency

The promise of the developing transparency movement in this country is greater accountability of our elected officials. Embedded in that promise is a hope for … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2011

Ease of following the NH money? Wrong, F

New Hampshire flunks when it comes to openness about government spending, according to a report released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group on Wednesday. … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2011

Sunshine week: Nashua reviews public record keeping

NASHUA – City departments that create public records are responsible for maintaining them, disposing of them at the proper time and making sure the records … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2011

Average teachers pay shown up in city by 20% in 5 years

Nashua teachers on average are making 20 percent more this year than they did five years ago, when their current contract took effect. The average … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2011

Salaries, pay in Nashua are on record

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article includes a way to search through a database of Nashua city and school salaries. NASHUA – Some predictable names make the … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2011

Lawmakers out to improve state government finances site

  EDITOR'S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws protecting the public's freedom of information. Sunshine Week is an annual examination of government's … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2011

Judge state pay levels yourself

For a few years before he retired, Chief Justice John Broderick spoke out frequently about the court’s budget and how the state courts are starved … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2011

Forecast mostly cloudy across USA

Heading into Sunshine Week, many open-government advocates across the country feel they have much more to bemoan than they have to celebrate. Even if no … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2011

Sick-time bonuses healthy hits

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws protecting the public’s freedom of information. Sunshine Week is an annual examination of government’s responsiveness … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2011

Battle brews over paying for burgeoning costs of system

CONCORD – The recovering stock market helped translate to nearly $600 million of investment profits for the New Hampshire Retirement System in 2009. But the … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2011

Retirement System protects privacy of pensioners in state

At any time, state residents can see the salary of any public employee, from the governor to a mayor to a trash collector. But once … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2011

Don’t turn clock back on open government

Here are a few things for a longtime New England newspaper editor to be thankful for this time of year: The can’t-come-soon-enough first day of … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2011

All fired up over right to know

Today marks the beginning of Sunshine Week, a time when the media and open-government advocates across the country mark the importance of the public’s right … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2011

Deadline today to nominate Sunshine Week Local Hero

DEADLINE TODAY TO NOMINATE SUNSHINE WEEK HERO The American Society of News Editors will recognize “Local Heroes” of open government in conjunction with Sunshine Week … Full story    
Published:  February 18, 2011

Open government for more than just a week

Every year around this time, when media organizations mark Sunshine Week to highlight the importance of open government, the dominant public response seems to be … Full story    
Published:  March 20, 2010

C-SPAN’s archives bring history to life

Wonks and nerds, rejoice. People with lives can play, too. C-SPAN, that faithful recorder of all things Congress and much more, has put 23 years’ … Full story    
Published:  March 20, 2010

46 city employees made $100k in 2009

NASHUA – Nearly half the city’s top 40 salaries for 2009 went to school department employees, but once overtime and other stipends were factored in, … Full story    
Published:  March 19, 2010

Help on government affairs just a call away for towns

Every municipality in the state contracts with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, hiring the nonprofit business to provide legal, political and fiscal assistance. This year, … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2010

Quasi-public nonprofit opened up

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws that protect the public’s freedom of information and right to know. Sunshine Week is an … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2010

Bill would strengthen public’s right to know

We need to strengthen New Hampshire’s Right-to-Law Law by applying it to nonprofit corporations that receive the majority of their funding from the state or … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2010

Right to Know | Open records of private nonprofits, some argue.

CONCORD – The records of private nonprofits who rely on taxpayer money to survive should be subject to the Right-to-Know Law, legislative advocates and state … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2010

Stimulus puts recently retired teachers right back to work

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws that protect the public’s freedom of information and right to know. Sunshine Week is an … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2010

Open records law still a work in progress

It’s a pretty good law. But having a good law and having a universally good “open government” attitude across the state are two different things. … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2010

Not much sunshine in these two reports

You don’t have to be a career executive to understand that just because you want something to happen means that it’s going to happen – … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2010

Agencies slow in following Obama’s openness order

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is having difficulty getting all federal agencies to follow his order to deliver “a new era of open government,” according … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2010

City had powerful requesters, too

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws that protect the public’s freedom of information and right to know. Sunshine Week is an … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2010

Concerns on illegal vote stopped it

EDITOR’S NOTE: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws that protect the public’s freedom of information and right to know. Sunshine Week is an … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2010

NH rep pushing online

The New Hampshire Legislature stands among a minority of states in the country requiring every bill to get a public hearing, a public committee vote … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2010

John Q. Public: The truth is still elusive

Public cynicism that the federal government operates in an atmosphere of secrecy is as strong as ever, despite President Barack Obama’s promises to make government … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2010

Legislators need to maintain openness

Editor’s note: Newspapers are watchdogs of government because of laws that protect the public’s freedom of information and right to know. Sunshine Week is an … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2010

Information is not truly public until it is on the Internet

Every day, the federal government releases vast amounts of useful information about every aspect of our nation and how government works. This public information has … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2010

Unlocking data in Washington

During the presidential campaign of 2008, it was not usual for then-candidate Barack Obama to talk about transparency and the importance of open government. So … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2010

We could really use a few troublemakers of our own

Several weeks ago, for four consecutive days, we published a box on our Opinion page seeking nominations for Sunshine Week “Local Heroes,” citizens who have … Full story    
Published:  March 14, 2010