The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 12, 2010
The 'letter to Meg Whitman'

In the last week, several dozen blog users have forwarded an e-mail to The State Worker with the subject line, "A letter to Meg Whitman." The e-mail purports to be a Sept. 28 letter to Whitman written by an anonymous DGS employee that takes the GOP gubernatorial candidate to task for, among other things, a "... lack of value and respect of all state workers and the work we do to keep California healthy, safe and strong."

From what we can tell, the missive has become a chain letter that hundreds, possibly thousands, of people are passing along via the exponential multiplying power of the Web.

Some of the folks who forwarded the letter demanded that we post it on this blog. "Will you have the guts?" one person wrote.

No, we're not going to post the letter. But it's not a matter of courage.

We often post e-mails submitted to The State Worker that criticize public figures and people in power. We appreciate thoughtful, provocative e-mails that say something new or that say something in a new way. Those posts are consistently some of the best-read on this blog. (Click here for an example from last month.)

But we have a rule: If you want the forum, the price of admission is your name. Anonymity is for the comment section that follows every post.

We don't know the origin of the Whitman letter, either. Perhaps the author wouldn't want it put on a blog. That leads us to our second rule: We never post e-mails without the author's explicit permission.

We think that's fair.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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