Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

It's time to take action

Government is not a private business; it is our business, carried out by men and women we elect to do it.

I have written before about the Virginia Gazette's support of transparency in government, in how it behaves in everything from scheduling meetings to hiring people to spending tax money.

Several mechanisms are in place that aid that transparency — the Freedom of Information Act and publishing legal notices are two big ones.

FOIA is a law that covers the public's right to see and read records created while conducting public business — in council chambers, school offices, courthouses and police departments to name a few. Much of that business is carried out...