Monday, July 21, 2008

Those Who Support Open Records

I invite all of you to read Joan Griffis:Illinois Ancestors column published in the News-Gazette on July 18, 2008. It is not online but I have scanned the column and uploaded it to my website at http://familyandfriends.homestead.com (in the navigation bar, click "In The News"). I've not done this to draw attention to myself but to Joan for being supportive toward publicizing part of my letter to her and showing support for open records in Illinois.

We often read in newspapers about other advocate groups for different causes but the news media fails to cover open records like they should. In fact, we don't often read too much about a bill that has been introduced into the house of representatives. This prevents many from even knowing what is going on in the legislative world regarding open records. It makes it hard for opponents to horrible provisions like there are in HB 4623 have an opportunity to even speak out.

I encourage all of you to continue to write to those who have a column in a newspaper and to editors of newspapers. We must educate the public and in turn maybe legislators will listen to the truth instead of being persuaded by legislators like Sara Feigenholtz that the civil right does not need to be restored to all adoptees.

2 comments:

triona said...

Mary, you are so right that we need to educate the media and the general public, most of whom don't understand the nuances of adoption reform. We should all write as many letters to editors as we can - not only about the articles we think are biased, but also those like Ms. Griffis' column which do us the courtesy of portraying our viewpoints.

Through education and communication we can demonstrate the dilemma faced by those who are denied their records.

Marley Greiner said...

Great news! Geneologists are some of our best friends.