A little perspective
Before we demand Rep. David Wu fall on his sword [“Strange Wu,” Feb. 23; “Wu’s World,” March 2], perhaps we should compare and contrast him with Sen. Rand Paul? Rep. Wu seems to be more “in touch” with reality.
wweek.com readers comment on: “After Tweeting From Work at MultCo, Collymore Cuts Twitter Account,” March 10, 2011
“Come on, people! She spent several 15-second chunks tweeting at work and we’re going to try to crucify her? Really?
People shouldn’t spend bunches of time doing personal stuff at work, but in the era we live in, is making a non-work-related tweet or Facebook post while you’re at your desk really so bad?
My guess is that Karol works her ass off, with long hours the norm, like most staffers in policy offices do. If she takes a break to tweet, who cares? If she doesn’t take a break to do it, it’s probably because she isn’t taking breaks at all.... WW, if you want to bring down people with political ambitions, at least do it with substantive critiques.” —Alex T.
“I think it’s a perfectly valid story. What’s disturbing is the comments trying to justify Collymore’s behavior, or to minimize the facts, or to pretend that it’s OK because it’s ‘just a little time’ or ‘she’s a great human being.’ Great human beings can still waste time at work and waste the taxpayer’s dime. What’s interesting is that defenders of the behavior carefully sidestep the fact that she’s done it a lot. This story just highlights one example. And the other carefully sidestepped issue: The employment policy expressly forbids doing it, yet Collymore says that it’s acceptable and she “doesn’t see a problem with it.” Really? I wish I had a job where I get to pick the workplace policies I choose to follow.
Why is it a problem or a “witch hunt” when a public servant’s at-work behavior is described in a newspaper? But hey, it’s Portland, right? We need to stop setting such high standards for public servants. It’s such a little thing, not important. Little things don’t matter. Right? Right.” —Anonymous
“I think Collymore’s position is an “at will” position with Cogen, and it is him and his chief of staff who determine what her position entails and the workload she has. If Cogen feels she is able to accomplish her tasks for him and is able to have a minute to tweet, I don’t see the problem.
What’s the next story going to be, “Collymore Flushes Taxpayer Money Down the Drain by Using the Restroom at Work, Costing Taxpayers an Estimated $0.01”?…. —Doug
CORRECTION: Last week’s story “From the Shores of Tripoli” misspelled the name of one of the people who was interviewed. The correct spelling is Amna Shebani. WW regrets the error.
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