- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 12, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Within days of his inauguration, President Obama pledged that his administration would be marked by a new openness and transparency. But six months later, I still await release of a noncontroversial report on mine safety prepared for the Obama Transition Team. Attempts to obtain the report from the author, the Transition Team, the White House and the Department of Labor have come to naught. A plea to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. went nowhere.

The intent of the report was to brief the incoming administration about safety and health in mining. Stakeholders like myself, a member of the trade press, deserve to know what Mr. Obama has been told about this crucial area. Yet the government refuses to release it — and won’t say why.

The loss to the mining community is nowhere near as great as it will be to Mr. Obama himself if this matter goes unresolved much longer. This promise made but promise broken threatens his credibility. People who lose credibility cannot be effective for long, and that includes the president.

JAMES SHARPE

President

Sharpe Media LLC

Arlington

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