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Figure out how to let the public have access to info 

Morro Bay

Isn’t public access supposed to be for the public? The decision by SLO County Court’s Susan Matherly to remove the self-help computer terminals that allow family members to conduct background checks on caregivers for their elderly loved ones is a shame (“To serve or protect?” March 29).

As a care manager and advocate for senior citizens, I know that a large percentage of “caregivers” coming into homes have criminal backgrounds. The families seeking non-criminals to provide in-home care for their loved ones need access to the information on these computer terminals, now taken away by Matherly.

I agree that the terminals are not for professional data miners/background check contractors who use public resources for profit. But what about an 89-year-old client whose family unwittingly hired a predatory caregiver from an ad on craigslist and was unable to learn of the multiple elder abuse convictions until it was too late?

Please find a way to reinstate this public access resource for the public, not the profiteers.

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