Citizen uncovers EPB's porn problem

Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information laws, comes to a close today. This week, the Free Press opinion page has highlighted a number of editorials that feature information culled from requests for government documents and featured discussions about the value of government transparency.

While the media owes it to citizens to utilize and defend open records and open meetings laws, ultimately it is you, the citizen, who is best situated to use freedom of information and sunshine laws to hold government accountable.

One local citizen activist who has used open records in an especially effective way is David Tulis, whose website Nooganomics. com takes a Chattanooga-centric look at free-market economics and Christianity. He wanted to know why the city of Chattanooga is in the porn business.