The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not an optional extra for public bodies, whether those public bodies are boards of supervisors, town councils, industrial development authorities or any other applicable local or state entity governed by that law.
And it is law.
The law declares, “Let there be light.”
And the law is really clear that the light is good.
The light is so good, in fact, that the Freedom of Information Act never, anywhere, requires a meeting to be closed. The act, the law, provides public bodies with exact and precise steps that must take when they believe the doors should be closed and if, and only if, the law agrees with them. Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Through the years, I have quoted many important words in this space that were spoken or composed by others. The Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech, the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights and the Gettysburg Address, to name a few.
All of those words—each of them a cry from the heart—have something important to share with us regarding our life on this planet together as human beings. Today, the words of a 12-year-old young man in our coverage area joins them with his own cry from the heart against bullying.
Today, I stand with this young man, and with all the young people like him, boys and girls, who are being bullied. They need and deserve all of us to stand with them. School administrators, teachers, bus drivers, parents, all of us, must look deeply and act thoroughly to root out the evil of bullying. And it is evil. As a society, we must do a better job to create safe and nurturing environments in classrooms and on school buses, in hallways and in restrooms, the cafeteria and playground. In Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward. Thursday, December 5, 2013
When President Teddy Roosevelt said speak softly but carry a big stick, he was advocating a willingness to use military force if diplomatic undertones failed.
Had W. Taylor Reveley IV been negotiating on behalf of Roosevelt’s administration, those diplomatic goals would have been achieved without the use of force. Longwood University’s newly inaugurated president speaks quietly in his thoughtful moments, both privately and publicly. Which is to say he speaks quietly most, if not all, of the time.
Longwood’s 26th president gave an inaugural address in tones that would not have awoken his young twins, had they been sleeping, yet his words would shape a nation, were they heeded, and will surely lead the college through the sheer force of their meaning and his willingness to make the definition real. Thursday, November 28, 2013