Electronic snitching bad for city, society

info@islandpacket.comOctober 29, 2013 

After reading about Beaufort's app for reporting code violations, I do indeed have qualms concerning this process.

For those of us who lived through the threat of totalitarian governments during World War II, it should sound a warning.

I gather you can even report a problem anonymously. I think that no means is available to properly police this way of snitching on your neighbors.

More than 10 years ago, my husband and I took a road trip down the Atlantic coast looking for a place to retire. Beaufort was so special and friendly we knew we had found the perfect locale. I can hardly believe the Beaufort we moved to has become a place where you cannot even trust your neighbors and acquaintances. Is this the Beaufort that recently was awarded a "friendliest town" award?

I'm not against keeping Beaufort safe and attractive, but there must be a better way. It seems lately the city government has placed more emphasis on small problems.

The whole idea of a Government Outreach app is deplorable. Perhaps trying to find a way to hire more staff to look out for the welfare of the public might help. Putting the human touch back in government might just work. Sometimes technology is not the answer.

I hope the Beaufort my husband and I discovered will not become a town composed of small-minded people who need to hide behind technology to report others. That would truly be sad.

Alexia J. Baum

Port Royal

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