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Letter: LWV committed to open government

Ninety-one years ago, the League of Women Voters was established as a nonpartisan civic organization that could provide the education, experience, and support that the public needs to assure the success of democracy. In the mid-'70s, the League of Women Voters established a position of protecting the citizen's right to know and facilitating participation in government decision making.

The League of Women Voters of Minnesota (LWVMN) holds that democratic government depends on informed and active participation at all levels of government. Governmental bodies must protect the citizens' right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible.

To commemorate the 261st anniversary of James Madison's birth, the father of our federal Constitution, LWV-Park Rapids has asked area government units to read aloud a "Proclamation of Open Government" at their next, regularly scheduled meeting.

We encourage everyone's commitment to openness in government and invite all to consider membership in LWV-Park Rapids. Please contact us about membership information or any other questions at 218-564-4613.

Annamae Holzworth and Cindy Gunsolus, co-presidents,

LWV-Park Rapids