Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

News often comes across this desk that is infuriating and astonishing. A few such items recently stood out involving everyday people. For example, some readers we know got stuck in a fiery quagmire over faulty information in credit reports. Despite the best efforts to correct the erroneous data--even with help from the credit bureaus--the false information continued to show up. And if ever you've tried to get credit approval you know how important it is to have "good" credit.

City, state and federal officials were called over and over again to help clear up the mess but to no avail, although not for want of trying. One federal tax official ruminated about how a friend of hers had been caught in "computer hell," noting that "it can take years to clear up, and there's nothing you can do about it." In these cases the verdict stands as guilty until proved innocent. Dogged determination, countless calls, faxes and letter-writing ultimately did prove the "inadvertent" credit data were false. It would not have happened save for a handful of decent folks who got fed up and personally worked to clean up their own agency's mess.

Then there is that super computer--literally Orwell's Big Brother--that the Defense Department is developing to "share" at some later date with law-enforcement, intelligence and security agencies. …

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