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High Point Enterprise: Exercise your right to know!

From the High Point Enterprise (2/24/13): "Let the sunshine in!" If you are 50 or older, that prompt already may have you humming the tune to "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," which peaked at No. 1 for six weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in March of 1969.

Wikipedia calls it “a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical ‘Hair’ by James Rado and Gerome Ragni (lyrics) and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single [44 years ago] by The 5th Dimension.”

Helping to let the sun shine in (on government records) is important all year long but, in just two weeks (March 10-16), it gets special attention across the nation. Sunshine Week coincides with James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. With an inaugural grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has continued to support the effort, Sunshine Week was launched by the American Society of News Editors (of which I was a member for a quarter century) in March 2005.

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Colin Donohue,
2/25/2013 5:40 PM