What’s in a
in a name?
if you ask Latham Williams, a Sun Valley City Councilman, the first
Idaho GOP vice president from Blaine County and the governor’s new
Park and Recreation Commission appointee. Williams was unmasked last
week as the owner of an undeveloped web site with the name
clintstennett.com. State Sen. Clint Stennett is a Ketchum Democrat
running for re-election in a contested race.
who refused comment when asked why he paid to reserve clintstennett.com
for his own use, now blames the good senator for not registering his own
name and claims it was a joke.
Why is no
one but Williams laughing? Because the act smacks of political dirty
tricks and raises concerns and fears about the increasingly sensitive
and serious issue of identity theft.
specific and well-tailored laws, today’s World Wide Web is the Wild
Wild West, used by upstanding citizens who risk all kinds of electronic
attacks by masked cyberbandits and vandals
Williams’ logic, any person wishing to protect and control use of
their own name will have to pay to do so by registering it or any number
of permutations. Stennett, for example, could be registered in a number
of ways—therealclintstennett.com, senatorclintstennett.com,
clintstennetidaho.com—and on and on under address extensions including
.org, .biz, .info, .com, .gov and others. It’s absurd.
of yucking it up, Williams ought to be offering up abject apologies.