"They were from the water department, the fire department and the IT department. But we're not going to release the employee's names because, it's possible someone other than the public employee could have entered in the e-mail address. So to try and get a clearer picture of what happened, 2 Wants To Know asked for copies of e-mails from those accounts. But the city won't turn them over.
That's right. You the taxpayer cover the costs for the computers and software to run these e-mail accounts. And you pay for the city employees using the accounts. So you'd think you'd be able to see the e-mails. Not so says a city of Greensboro spokesperson. He cites a North Carolina law that government e-mails are not releasable if they are "the property of a private 'person.'"
Well, if they are in fact city workers and not elected leaders I really don't care. There's no real way to prove they were using the Ashley Madison website on taxpayers' time without going to far greater expense than it ever cost the taxpayers in the first place and if for instance I wanted to sign up for an Ashley Madison account using the name Nancy Barakat Vaughan and her e-mail address there's nothing that would stop me from doing so.
This is a smoke and mirrors issue designed to keep you from focusing on what is really important. And smoke and mirrors is what our local main stream media does best.