Civitas Review

The Real Point of 'Ashley' Revelations

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Aug
24

It's important to keep the focus on the real issue of government email addresses uncovered at the online affair site Ashley Madison, even as Matt Caulder will continue to look at new developments.

Almost 100 North Carolina state and local government email addresses have been uncovered so far among the more than 10,000 government and military email addresses released as part of a hack of the  affair.

The real point in the publication of the addresses is those people are supposed to be working for you — the people of this state. How would you like it if you ran a business, and found one of your employees using your computers, and the time you were paying him, to conduct private business?

What they do on their own time is their business; what they do on the public's time (and dime) is the public's business.

Note that we have redacted the addresses. We aren't focused on individuals; we are focused on what government really does.

Also, we do think this one incident is just the tip of the iceberg. A great deal of government activity is useless, or even harmful. Pruning away the government staff and functions that aren't needed would return taxpayers' money to their pockets, and enable government to do its proper job and get out of the areas where it merely gets in the way.

One Comment on this post

  • Alvah Whealton says:
    Aug 29 at 10:13

    " How would you like it if you ran a business, and found one of your employees using your computers, and the time you were paying him, to conduct private business?"

    It's a matter of degree. I would encourage and expect employees both to take breaks and to use our resources to their own benefit. Of course, I value morale. I would not expect the employees to be using the resources the entire day, but neither would I be sitting behind them monitoring the minutes and seconds they put in. I am far more concerned with the overall performance of their work.

    Your question seems to reflect a disconnect with the realities of the workplace, though perhaps it was a very valid question in 19th century textile mills.

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