The Daily Item
I’m writing in response to the story titled, “Email worries United Way chief executive, a better headline may have been “Commissioner circulates charity junk mail.”
I found myself reading a “he said, she said” article providing very little journalistic integrity. The real question that needs to be asked is: How ethical is it for an elected county official to send out an email to all of county government regarding information that he, himself, admits (in the forwarded email) was something that he doesn’t do “often” and was just “surprising” information to him. Do that on your personal time, commissioner. You should know better than to use your position to distribute information that could potentially be outdated, inaccurate or altogether bogus.
The email is a clear solicitation that leaves out specific information in an attempt to sway the reader one way or the other. Distributing this email via a county email address seems unethical and raises legality concerns.
I’ve seen the email that was sent from the commissioner (and also attacks the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Unicef and Goodwill), and a privately emailed response from Keri Albright of United Way was also shared with me.
To report that her response was anything other than the questioning of why a commissioner would not take the time to research information before he shares it with anyone, is misleading and factually incorrect.