Get Out and Vote in the 2013 Primary!

votersguide1Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.                         ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

West Mayfield residents will have a chance to participate in democracy on Tuesday, May 21st, during the 2013 Pennsylvania Primary Election.

Polls across the state and in the Borough will be open from 7am to 8pm.  To learn more about who’s running in West Mayfield and where to cast your ballot, visit our Voters Guide.

The Right to Know, or the Right to No?

“Every government record is presumed to be open.”  

–Terry Mutchler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records

The following article is by Leah Samuel | PublicSource | April 21, 2013

After getting a parking ticket at Pittsburgh International Airport, a driver requested a copy of the Allegheny Police Department’s report of the incident. The department didn’t respond.

A parent asked the Ligonier Valley School District for documents detailing planned teacher layoffs. The school district said it had no such documents.

A reporter asked Middle Smithfield Township for maps of local sewer lines. The township refused to turn them over, saying that could jeopardize the security of the sewage system.

Eventually, each of these individuals appealed to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, which tries to resolve disputes between citizens asking for information and agencies that don’t want to give it.

But they should not have had to appeal, said Terry Mutchler, executive director of the office.

“Every government record is presumed to be open,” she said, “and the agency has to prove why it shouldn’t be.”

To read more of this article, please visit the Public Source website:

http://publicsource.org/investigations/right-know-or-right-no