McLaughlin used theft for his political gain
What a disappointment it was to read Spotsylvania Supervisor Tim McLaughlin’s Aug. 8 op-ed [“Where did $600K of the county tax money go?”] about the theft from Spotsylvania County Public Schools.
Instead of demonstrating a unified county leadership, he used a crime committed against the county’s staff and citizens as an opportunity to attack his perceived political opponents, including the School Board, school administrators and groups of concerned voters.
What a disappointing “blame-the-victim” politician McLaughlin has become.
I’m sure Supervisor McLaughlin knows that cybertheft, including spoofing and ransom attacks, is a major threat to our nation’s security. Whether it is a small group of hackers trying to obtain an email password (the Pentagon fights off nearly 36 million email-related attacks per day) or the efforts of nations like North Korea (which reportedly has stolen $2 billion from banks and cryptocurrencies), these thefts are taking money and protected information from not only individuals, but corporations and our duly-elected governments.
I find his decision to use a theft of public funds as a political opportunity to be immature and boorish.
I also sincerely hope that if he ever becomes a victim of cybercrime (assuming it has not happened already) that he is not treated with the same conceit with which he has chosen to publicly berate members of our community.