Word of the Day: Sunshine
sun-shine / sŭn-shīn
1. pertaining to law requiring public access to official government meetings and records
Open meeting laws, also called sunshine laws, require that, with notable exceptions, most meetings of federal and state government agencies and regulatory bodies be open to the public, along with their decisions and records.
Alex Aichinger, “Open Meeting Laws and Freedom of Speech”, www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/1214/open-meeting-laws-and-freedom-of-speech, accessed May 25, 2022
1. no plural, bright light generated by the sun, day light
Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman, 1819 – 1892
2. the warmth generated by the sun
The body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the campfire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one’s flesh like radiant heat, making a passionate ecstatic pleasure glow not explainable.
John Muir, 1838 – 1914
3. an area where the sun’s rays fall; a sunny spot
It was delicious, the instant I stepped out among the oaks and into the sunshine.
From “Daisy” by Elizabeth Wetherell, pen name of Susan Bogert Warner, 1819 – 1885
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James M. Barrie, 1860 – 1937
5. a source of happiness or joy
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.
Luther Burbank, 1849 – 1926
6. public access; transparency
We strongly urge the Agency to provide more sunshine in this process, and allow Congress, beneficiaries, and stakeholders greater opportunity to provide feedback into the policies that CMMI [Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation] tests that affect millions of Americans with Medicare.
From letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services dated January 9, 2019 from Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady, www.waysandmeans.house.gov/sites/democrats.waysandmeans.house.gov/files/documents/Neal-Brady letter to CMS re CMMI 2019-01-09.pdf