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My Turn: NHC gov't changes transparency policies

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Less than 200 unread emails were available on the public computer as of Monday afternoon. Less than 200 unread emails were available on the public computer as of Monday afternoon.

As a broadcaster, I've been impressed with the transparency of some of our government operations.  There are several that offer the public access any time to emails sent to public workers. 

If you didn't know, those are public record and several people take advantage of being able to see how the county handles its business and how their taxpayer dollars are being spent.

For years, you've been able to go to the government center in New Hanover County, sit down at a public terminal and get updated on government operations. But it looks like things may be getting a little too transparent for New Hanover County.

Ironically, without public notice, the county recently changed its policy. 

Now, emails are on a delay…as long as 24 hours…before they hit the public server.  And only the last few days of emails are available in the terminal…compared to many more as before.

It's the county's right, and it complies with the law, but I think it sends a very bad message.

County officials claim they just want to give workers the chance to read their emails first. But what they're really doing is raising suspicions at a time in which we all seem to be a bit more skeptical anyway.    

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

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