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Happy X. Dopey: County Shouldn’t Go Overboard

Happy X. Dopey: It seems to me that rather than cutting off internet usage, the county should simply monitor it more thoroughly and deal with the violators directly. Instead, they will likely follow the same pattern they always seem to adopt. Ignore those who created the problem, make new and more restrictive rules, and provide some worthless "training". The sad part is that, like with most things in life, the training will only have any impact on those who were probably not dumb enough to be engaging in the inappropriate behaviors. Gee, it's hard to see why the county has some issues ...

DFO: Sheriff Rocky Watson already has opted for a very restrictive approach, ordering worker bees to eliminate everything from their computers that doesn't pertain to official county biz, including family photos. I'd be bugged by that. My screen saver features Amy Dearest and other key actors from Lake City High's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" during her senior year. I don't hesitate to send a personal note to my wife or kids or extended family member or friend during the workday. The key is not to abuse the system. Limiting all Internet use to strictly county biz could have a negative effect equal to some fools passing around porn.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.