National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Editorial: Public notices belong in newspapers

Public notice requirements are inscribed in Nebraska statutes for many reasons, but good government is at the top of the list. Public notices ensure Nebraskans an opportunity to participate in their government and to track what's happening at city hall, at the county courthouse and in the assortment of entities that serve and regulate them.

So many areas of our lives are touched by government it is key that the people in charge are open and accountable. Public notices ó published in newspapers ó are an integral part of good government.

In Nebraska, public notices inform newspaper readers when their elected boards and agencies plan to meet, what they'll be discussing and how they are spending tax dollars. Public notices also invite participation. People need to know when there's a rezoning request pending on an empty lot down the street. They need to know how government spending might affect taxes. They need to know because these issues and many others have a direct effect on their lives. People deserve the opportunity to speak out for their own interests. Continue>>>