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‘Privacy culture’ continues to stymie Connecticut democracy

What is it that we can’t find out lately in the land of the free, in this cradle of democracy we call Connecticut? Too much stays secret. Our collective memory of Ella Grasso is fading. You may remember she was the first woman in America elected governor of her state in her own right. She convinced a unanimous legislature – unanimous – of the value to democracy in having state Freedom of Information laws and of setting up the nation’s first FOI Commission. Now it’s not going so well.

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CT FOI ruling should challenge Norwalk school board that ‘does not exist’

The state Freedom of Information Commission will decide next month whether allegations of discrimination and racism among Norwalk school board members should be made public. Those who want to keep it all secret point to Norwalk Board of Education bylaw Section 9010: “The board of education does not exist between meetings. Board members have no authority except at a board meeting or when discharging an assignment made by the board.”

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Secret trials for CT 20-somethings would be unconstitutional

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are to be commended for their 2015 “Second Chance Society” legislation, reversing racist laws that filled our jails with nonviolent drug users, most of them African-American and Latino. But it is ill-advised to pursue announced policies emanating from that corrective action; especially plans for secret trials of defendants in their early 20s.