Here is a letter to the Editor for June 20, 2019…
I read the article dated May 30, 2019 in regards to the two inmates who sued the City of Chewelah over e-mails and other public records violations.
The City of Chewelah has been violating the Public Records Act for a while and silently withholding documents. During the period that myself and Mr. Perry had to “ferret out” documents on our own, we learned that the officer of the City of Chewelah is still withholding e-mail communications that are not listed as “exempt” on an Exemption Log, when he was communicating via e-mail with officers of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney. When a conviction is based on fraud and you seek to ferret out the fraud, and hit a brick wall of secrecy, it makes you push further and harder to discover what the agency is hiding.
The People of Washington State voted the Public Records Act into law in 1972 and it became effective law on January 1, 1973. It gives the People the right to transparency-accountability-effectiveness. Where do the tax payer dollars go? Why are some people convicted and others walk? Why would an agency like the City of Chewelah rather pay penalties than disclose documents? Is the conduct and actions of its employees that embarrassing that it would rather pay penalties than disclose?
Anyone seeking information on the Public Records Act can contact me on jpay.com Dustin Abrams #871623. I have written a book on the Public Records Act called “Transparency-Accountability-Effectiveness, 2nd Ed.” Learn your rights!
Dustin G. Abrams