If you use or read public notices, speak up

Representatives of newspapers in Arizona often are the only party testifying in the state legislature to keep your government meetings open, and your government records available. The refrain we hear most: it is just a newspaper issue.

That refrain has come up again. You can do something about it. If you don't you may lose.

Some public (legal) notices contain government information. Instead of having to go to city hall to ask for it, city officials have to publish it in a newspaper. Newspapers print it, then make it available at PublicNoticeAds.com. We think printing in a newspaper is good for those who don't use a computer, and being in a single, free Web site is great for folks that don't read newspapers.

Now there are some in the legislature that think printing the notices in newspapers is a waste of money. After all, everyone seems to be cutting back these days.

Here is where you come in. If you read notices in your newspaper, let us know. If you use the information in notices, let us know that, too. We will let the legislature know the importance of these notices.

Tell us why you read notices and how you use the information. E-mail office@ananews.com or send a letter to the Arizona Newspapers Association, 1001 N. Central Ave., Suite 670, Phoenix AZ 85004.

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