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Pilot & Daily Press on transparency 2022

This originally appeared in The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2021.
Reprinted with permission

Agency position on credit card names rankles

An FOI advocate and a Virginia FOIA officer agree

Spirits dancing on the head of a pin

Spirits dancing on the head of a pin:The public can lose out from rigid adherence to the words on the page

This post originally appeared on VCOG's Substack Newsletter


No incentive to stay

How the announced closing of a brewery tasting room reminds us of how economic development incentives aren't so easy to track

Confusion over virtual meetings

Virginia state agencies are giving conflicting reasons for why they can or can't meet virtually. Here's the straight dope.

Don't be so suspicious

I use this slide in my presentations on FOIA. On one side of it is a snarling, ferocious, uniformed man pinning the head of another man against a wall. On the other side is the (original) Gladys Kravitz, the nosy next-door neighbor of Samantha and Darrin (both Darrins) Stephenson on Bewitched.

Why I disagree

Why I disagree with the judge's ruling on student COVID data & FERPA

Ruling against student newspaper elevates student privacy over public health

Acknowledge me!

I just got back from picking up a take-out order at one of my favorite local eateries. The hostess directed me to the bar to pick it up, so I staked out a spot along the row of 10 or so chairs, only two of which were occupied. And I waited. And I waited. Eight to 10 employees swirled around the bar area but none came into it and still I waited.

Frosty Landon's legacy: open government for all

by John Edwards

Reprinted with permission from The Smithfield Times, Aug. 10, 2021


By the time I came to know Frosty Landon in 1989 or thereabouts, he was already a legend in Virginia journalism.

He had worked his way up the ladder at the Roanoke Times as an editorial writer and editor, had been booted down the steps again for editorially criticizing Virginia’s Massive Resistance to integration, and had then worked his way back up to become executive editor of that stalwart daily paper.

A memory of Frosty Landon

The following is reprinted from VCOG's Substack newsletter, July 22, 2021


I don’t even know where to start. Literally. I am typing this sentence not knowing where it will lead me, where I will end up, what I will say or what point I want to make.

There is just too much swirling around my head in the days since my former boss — my friend and my mentor — Frosty Landon died July 19 at the age of 87.