Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Sunshine Week

This is being posted a week late, but Sunshine Week was important enough to talk about every day.

A basic tenet of the new Whig Party I'm trying to start is that government governs best which governs most openly. I base this on John 3:19-21. "And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it mayh be clearly see that their deeds have been done in God." (NRSV)

Official secrets have a tendency to cover up incompetence, dirty dealing, dishonesty, even illegal activity. Thus, we need to have openness in government, and sunshine on all government activities that are not directly related to covert actions directed at foreign enemies and domestic criminals. Any politician, or civic leader, or church leader who opposes openness surely has something to hide and is not to be trusted.


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