Editor, Webster County Citizen:

I read with interest the column by Fred Spriggs (in the May 6 Citizen) about all the accomplishments of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley. It seems he follows him closely.

Fred must have missed this one.

As a family genealogist and a citizen of Missouri, I have some concerns about Hawley’s actions when he was the Missouri Attorney General.

I hope you will publish the attached article, published in the “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter,” about the attorney general’s office and the  Sunshine Law.

Why would Josh Hawley go to such lengths and waste so much of the taxpayers’ money to keep from abiding by the law? The staff spent a lot of time on this. I wonder what the real cost of fighting this lawsuit all those years is to Missouri taxpayers.

I also wonder what Josh Hawley might be hiding as a senator and what laws he might be trying to avoid upholding?

Sandra Walker, Seymour

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of the length of the story, the article attached to Walker’s letter to the editor can not be published. However, we’ll give a brief overview, as a group named “Reclaim The Records” convincingly won a lawsuit over Hawley’s office (when he was the state’s attorney general) and won the first free public copy of the Missouri birth index for 1920 to 2015 and the Missouri death index for 1968 to 2015. Moreover, the state was forced to pay all attorney and legal costs of the lawsuit to the plaintiffs.

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