- Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government (3/22/17)12
- Business notebook: Cape native goes from farm to mobile-food operation (3/20/17)1
- Mall aboard: Future requires evolution at West Park Mall (3/24/17)14
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 (3/21/17)2
- Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back (3/23/17)12
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)24
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
- Cairo man pleads guilty to bank murders (3/17/17)1
Our debt to veterans
The revelation that personal information about 26.5 million U.S. veterans was stolen from the home of a Veterans Affairs data analyst raises many questions. None of the answers is likely to make the veterans or anyone else feel better about the security of their records.
The information stolen included names, birth dates and Social Security numbers but no financial or medical information.
At least one person is sure to be fired for improperly taking the information home, but the incident underscores previous questions about security at the VA. Investigators now say the employee had been taking data home for three years.
Moreover, whatever precautions we take to protect our identities never seem sufficient to prevent information from getting into the hands of people who aren't supposed to have it.
The Veterans Administration has much to answer for allowing weeks to pass before revealing the theft, making it that much more difficult for the veterans and law enforcement to prevent the information from being used illegally.
The debt this nation owes its veterans is immeasurable. Now we must assure that every one of them is protected from being hurt by this massive blunder.