I am confused. Not an unusual place for me to be these days. And angry. Ditto.
First the confusion. The headline in this morning's Spokesman Review read "Explicit e-mails spark outcry". It tells of how sexually explicit e-mails have been making the rounds of the Prosecutor's office and Sheriff's Department. County computers were used for these exchanges.
Aside from the fact our esteemed prosecutor has been in hot water over e-mail use before and apparently has yet to learn a lesson, how could this happen? Does the County not have an IT department? Bear in mind this is the same county that once banned Hucklerries blog from county computers! For what? Being guilty of critical commentary.
One would think after watching the fall of Spokane Mayor Jim West for similar indiscretions with city computers, one would know better. It cost him his job, his standing in the community and ultimately his health and his life. True, the last is conjecture but I cannot help believe the stress of that episode lessened his ability to fight the cancer that was recurring when the story broke.
Here we sit not fifty miles away with our elected officials and those they've hired going merrily on their way looking at child porn, bestiality and oral sex.
We are irritated over our reputation for harboring white supremists, loudly claiming they are long gone. We know that's wishful thinking. Now this. What about these pillars of our community?
I'm embarrassed beyond description that occurrences such as these seem to happen over and over. And angry. Even worse, this isn't happening among the low level employees beneath management radar. It starts at the top and trickles down.
Where are the commissioners on this? Maybe it's time they get an infusion of backbone and oversee these departments. Maybe it's time to insist the prosecutor and sheriff use the county Human Resources Department instead of having their own. It's a costly redundancy. Remove the funding from their budgets. And oversee who they hire.
Don't worry so much about the skinheads. Worry about the lunkheads - those in office, those who work with them and those who keep on electing them.