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Why you should care

August 30, 2000

FoIA: Your Right to Know Why you should care



Experts in freedom of information issues said the records sought in Maryland's audit were basic and should have been handed over quickly.

Paul McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman at the Freedom Forum, said people are understandably concerned about giving out their personal information these days, but this audit contained no records that included personal information.

"It makes no sense for the government to hold all these records without sharing them with the people who paid for them in the first place," he said. "If we insist on calling ourselves a democracy, then we have to act like it.

"These records are ways that the citizens can measure how well their state is doing, how well their tax dollars are being spent, how safe their kids are at school. Why wouldn't public officials want to share that information?"

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