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Costa's Flaherty Feud 

There has been no shortage of good story lines coming out of the DA's office in the past year or so: mass firings, costly lawsuit settlements, clashes with county government, but the Bulletin's front-page Sunday story about Pat Flaherty's request for a new software and email system isn't one of them. It's no wonder that Flaherty won't even return a reporter's phone calls anymore with this kind of thinly veiled witch hunt emanating from Chandler Avenue. Maybe it's the radiation from the new "pine tree," err, cell phone tower, that set off the "Pillory Flaherty" button in editor John Costa's office. Or maybe it's just good old fashioned mean spiritedness that prompted the latest salvo from The Bully. What I do know is that having a reporter spend her time contacting dozen of counties around the state to ask about their email systems is a colossal waste of time by any journalism standard and one that makes a $60,000 technology system look downright efficient. Then again, The Bulletin would know a thing or two about wasting money on software, having spent upwards of a million bucks on its own system before declaring they could no longer pay their bills.


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