Dear Lincoln Ashida… The Hawaii County Internet Scandal?

I sent the following email off to Hawaii Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida this evening…

He seems to be very open and has responded to most of the Bloggers that have inquired about this investigation.  His most recent reply looks like it was over at Poinography.

So I figure while us “Bloggers” have his attention, I’d toss him a bone to chew on:

…I have a couple questions regarding this Internet “Scandal” that is going on.

1. Do you consider visiting blogs on county time Internet Abuse?
2. Do you consider responding to newspaper articles in the comment section Internet Abuse?
3. What do you think the punishment should be for violators of the above if they were found to be visiting sites deemed not appropriate to county business?

In the April 29th Hawaii Tribune you stated:

…The investigation has focused on whether employees accessed inappropriate sites, conducted illegal activities while working or simply spent too much time surfing the Web, Ashida said…”

4. My question then… How will you separate employees who surfed on County time on their own personal laptops and wireless providers during county work time?

5. Do these county employees get a “pass” on this whole investigation simply because they have their own laptops and internet providers?

Punishing one employee for surfing the web on county time only because you can find out about their use and allowing others to simply slide because you can not bust them seems a bit unfair to me.

I look forward to hearing your response… (and it will be posted on my blog if you choose to respond)

Thanks to this investigation… the number of visits to my blog has tumbled and I provide more information then something like what you addressed in the newspaper.

“…The Internet should not be used for non-county purposes,” Ashida said. “However, the policy (that employees sign) does recognize there might be some times when the use would be permitted.” For example, an employee could research product recalls or to learn about swine flu outbreaks, he said…”

I hate to say it Mr. Ashida… but my blog, as well as others, can  provide more valuable resources to the counties workers then our own newspapers can provide at times.

I look forward to your reply,

Damon Tucker

(just realized I forgot to number 4 and 5 on the email… hope he answers all 5 questions)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I do this to keep the spammers away * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.