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Greetings from Wonderful Wyoming, Hate to disagree, Steve, but as a records manager who spent a number of years in state and federal government, a public record is just that: public. If a text message is dealing with public business, there should be no expectation of privacy. The only exceptions should be spelled out in the statutes. Government officials are obligated to provide open records and be accountable for their actions. BTW: I love paper and microfilm for records of enduring value.  Regards,Rich Wilson, MCP
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 > Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:36:29 -0400
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Should text messages by Alaska government employees be accessible to public? | Alaska Dispatch
> To: [log in to unmask]
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>  Why should anybody else have rights to others' records?   It is not their
> state; it is not their city; they are not a citizen or a resident; they pay
> no taxes there; and they do not do business there.  They have no rights to
> those entitities' public records; which should be restricted to only those
> above.
> 
> I have property in Missouri and I also have a residence in Ohio.  I would
> not expect to have any rights to receive public records from any other
> state or commonwealth; or city or county in any other states.
> 
> I agree with federal FOIA rights as I am a citizen.  I agree with states
> and commonwealths having state public records laws; open records laws; or a
> state version of a FOIA.   However, they should not apply to anyone who
> does not meet the critera I have defined in this thread.
> 
> 
> I hate paper ...
> 
> 
> Best regards, Steve
> Steven D. Whitaker, CRM
> 
> 
> On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM, David T. Macknet <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> 
> >  Steve,
> >
> >  Why must they have rights within the political entity?  Why privilege
> > those who live there?  If the records pertain to someone outside the
> > political entity, or are of interest to that person, it would seem that
> > they should be available.  By restricting them to people who have "rights"
> > to them, they're essentially restricted.
> >
> >  -D
> >
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> Best regards, Steve
> Steven D. Whitaker, CRM
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