March 8, 2012 Leave a comment
Scientists who study the sun note the massive solar flare hitting earth on March 8 is part of the sun’s natural cycle, however we’re pretty certain it’s celebrating Sunshine Week, which starts on Sunday, March 11.
Started by the American Society of News Editors and now coordinated jointly between ASNE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (both SGI members), Sunshine Week is a celebration encouraging greater public appreciation of open government.
Government transparency is an essential value for democracy, but perhaps more importantly it plays a more practical role ensuring our leaders are doing what they say they will, spurring action to make our nation secure and our communities safer.
The calendar is full of events (the solar flare isn’t one of the scheduled actions) and we’re sure we’ll see some announcements not on the calendar. Stay tuned.
By the way, don’t forget to turn your clocks back this weekend for Daylight Savings Time. For Sunshine Week, of course.