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Louis Brandeis

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Americans soon realized that his idea of sunlight could be applied more broadly. Government also functions best under public scrutiny. The chummy club of good ol’ boys who met behind closed doors and emerged only with conclusions would soon fade from the norm. Transparency and accountability became the new paradigm for government.

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Last week's letter to the editor by David Gresham, ("Socialism: The Golden Rule," Dec. 5) called to mind the words of Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941):  "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

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