payroll database for all public employees in several local Northampton County municipalities. While it's nice to know who is making lots of money, I question whether it is an invasion of privacy for many low level clerks who are just trying to keep their heads above water. Now all their nosy neighbors can see how much money they make, and what public interest is served?
Under the Right-to-Know Act, this is all certainly public information. But just because you have the right to ask for something, doesn't mean you should. It is this kind of behavior that results in laws that will prevent disclosure of this kind of information when it is really needed. Then when real violations of transparency occur, like when NorCo Council member Mat Benol advocates for violations of the Sunshine Act, the Express Times looks the other way.