Stray Thoughts: There Are Important Lessons In Simplicity

Envy affects people in different ways. Some of us are motivated by the old adage of “keeping up with the Joneses.”

But I have no desire to keep up with them, or with the Trumps. I would not want to live in Trump Tower. Randy Evans
On Open Government
Randy Evans is the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. He is a former editorial page editor and assistant managing editor of The Des Moines Register.

IowaWatch Joins Iowa Freedom Of Information Council

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch has joined the Iowa Freedom of Information Council as a First Amendment member because it matches the center’s goal of shining a spotlight on institutions and people who have authority over public policies, trends and events.

Iowa Draws A Lowly D+ In New Government Transparency Report

The fact that state authorities sought to obstruct disclosure of a police shooting in Burlington explains, in part, why Iowa received an overall grade of D+ in a 2015 State Integrity Investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.

Brian Cooper, Michael Gartner Named IowaWatch Free Press Champions

Two longtime Iowa journalists — Brian Cooper, editor of The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, and First Amendment advocate Michael Gartner, owner of the Iowa Cubs baseball team — were honored by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch Thursday, Oct. 2, with Free Press Champion Awards. The awards are for their efforts promoting and showing by example the benefits of transparent government in Iowa.