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Letters to the Editor

Don C. McConnell writes to take issue with the idea that names of those who possess a permit to carry a concealed weapon should be available to the public and questions the value of freedom of information in some cases. (February 25, 2013, Page 4A)

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    ‘Actual cost’ needs better definition

    Charlie Mitchell, president of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, writes a guest column about the wide range of interpretations of what’s a fair and actual cost for searching, reviewing and/or duplicating public records with the hope that state lawmakers can come up with a uniform cost. (February 15, 2012, Page 4)

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      Celebrate Madison, but also FOI pioneers, heroes

      Guest columnist Jeanni Atkins, a journalism professor at Ole Miss and the executive director of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, writes about National Freedom of Information Day, founding father James Madison and the importance of freedom of the press as part of celebrating Sunshine Week. (March 15, 2011, Page 4)

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        Open meetings laws there to protect all of us

        Violations or possible violations of open meetings and records laws are usually made by members of the media to protect the public’s right to know what their government agencies and representatives are doing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at why the media makes such complaints, and he also comments on a proposed law that would stiffen penalties for violations. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

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