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Sarasota News Leader November 15, 2013 OPINION Page 87 Instead, the question should be, "Why, given 3. The Washington Post is read by people the clear guidelines for compliance provided who think they should run the country. by the attorney general, do local officials per4. USA Today is read by people who think sist in ignoring the law?" they should run the country, but don't It is disconcerting that personal responsibility really understand The Washington Post. and a willingness to admit one's shortcomings They do, however, like the statistics are never considered. Rather, those accused shown in pie charts. of wrongdoing blame those pointing out their transgressions, even going so far as to engage 5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country in character assassination. ... if they could spare the time, and if they Is this how local officials want to distinguish didn't have to leave L.A. to do it. themselves? Would it not make more sense to distinguish oneself by making a fervent 6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country. commitment to ensuring compliance with Sunshine laws by all who act in an official 7. The New York Daily News is read by peocapacity? ple who aren't too sure who's running the country, and don't really care as long as The people of Florida amended their conthey can get a seat on the train. stitution to provide for transparency in the conducting of the people's business by govern- 8. The New York Post is read by people who ments at the state and local level. And since don't care who's running the country, as the people have spoken, it is the duty of all long as they do something really scandalpublic officials to adhere to that requirement. ous, preferably while intoxicated. Citizens for Sunshine is not the enemy. 9. The Miami Herald is read by people who A GUIDE TO POPULAR NEWSPAPERS are running another country, but need our baseball scores. Here is a humorous look at some of the country's most important newspapers and the 10. The Sarasota News Leader is read by people who simply must know what is going people who might read them (with special on in Sarasota County. thanks to 1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK people who run the country. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of 2. The New York Times is read by people the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men who think they run the country. are afraid of the light. — Plato %

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