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Mon., May 29, 2006, 12:05 a.m.

Mailbag: Why Read Blogs During Work?

James Bond: Why would county employees need to be reading a blog during work hours? Is there a policy that governs this kind of thing? I mean, is it okay to cruise the website, a left-wing blog about politics in Boston, or eBay? For the sake of common sense, I'll assume porn is off limits, but I'm puzzled why it would be okay to spend time reading or writing to a blog when you're being paid to work?

DFO: It wouldn't want courthouse employees to read this blog or kill time surfing the net when they're suppose to be working. But they shouldn't be blocked from doing so during breaks or their lunch hours. I check ball scores during my working hours. Takes but a minute. Then, I never work less than 9 hours a day at the office and probably another 1 at night on the blog. It doesn't take long to read a post.

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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.