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Working for freedom of information
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During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open government. I have done this not just because my job depends on the freedom of information, but because having access to government information is crucial for every single man, woman and child in the state. Without freedom of information and an open government, we -- as voters, taxpayers and citizens -- cannot know whether our elected and appointed officials are spending our money wisely, or working in their own self-interests rather than their constituents, or are conducting business in secret without giving the public a chance to voice their concerns.