Weekend Question of the Day

By: ricderr , 8:21 PM GMT on March 02, 2013

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I think this might technically be three posts in one week. A modern day record for me. WHOOHOO! Sorry I know to everyone reading this I must look crazy, but to myself I am hilariously funny.


Local news this week centered around the City of El Paso trying to adopt a new ordinance making the city personels work e-mails private. This stems from the public requesting and receiving copies of our city managers e-mails that weere anything but flattering of the cities citizens. It wasn't anything over the top but it showed a disdain for those who didn't care for her opinion and it was an embarassment. The legality of the issue appears that even with an ordinance the ordinance itself may violate state laws. This has not been a one sided topic. It has been about 50/50 whether these emails should be private or not and it leads to the QOD:

Should e-mails from our government officials be private, what about work e-mails, should they be open to all also?

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8. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:04 PM GMT on March 04, 2013
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7. OSHNBLU
2:39 AM GMT on March 04, 2013
Airman, when it comes to secrets of National security...Hell yes. I kinda dont want to know. Not something I signed up for.

But I live and breathe in a local community. On the Space Coast.

Local Gov, State Gov, Nat Gov official...be willing to state your position. PUBLICLY..we elected you.

Opps...I was being rational, not realistic.





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6. OSHNBLU
2:26 AM GMT on March 04, 2013
Ahhh Government in the Sunshine Since 1967.

1967 had NO idea where technology was headed, even with the cutting edge of techonolgy right on our coast.

Hmmm, maybe why FL enacted the legislation.

Not being political, or nostalgic.

Just wondering.

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5. ricderr
1:58 AM GMT on March 03, 2013
ok....let me answer my own question...which i usually don't as i like the banter between the posters...but SP is hanging out there and I agree with SP34.....we want our government to be transparent yet we don't hold them to it...
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4. palmettobug53
11:31 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
I have to agree with Airman, too, and he says it so well.
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3. auburn (Mod)
10:56 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
I have to agree with Airman.
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2. sp34n119w
10:39 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
Howsabout not putting classified or otherwise sensitive information into an email, airman? I mean, that seems like a bad idea in any case, as email is hacked all the time.

To answer the question, ric, yes, public money = public property. What an idiot she was for thinking that was private! Almost nothing is, these days, even for private employees, and there is no "should" about it.
If you want privacy, use the USPS - it is the only mode of communication that is still fully protected by privacy laws and they are vicious in prosecuting violators. Hmmm, think that could relate to the push to eliminate the post office? LOL
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1. airman45
9:54 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
Hi Ric,

It's hard to say on this one. Many people will immediately say yes, publicize all government emails. But the reality is they should not always be. You might be getting into classified issues. I say no, not all should be public. There are reasons. Mainly security issues. If someone thinks this doesn't matter, they are wrong. Believe me, it does matter. If something classified were even accidentally released, the consequences may not be good.

Just a former military security person speaking, so obviously I know nothing about it. LOL

I am just waiting for the "armchair" experts to honor us with their knowledge.

Sorry to sound rude. Just had a few issues with this lately.
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