Publish list of gun owners? Bad! Bad! But publish your salary online? Just dandy

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[img_assist|nid=96002|title=gun poster|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=185|height=139]Compare and contrast:

A newspaper in the state of New York has removed from its web site an interactive online map of handgun permit holders in two counties, after the database drew nationwide anger and prompted threats against its staff.

Meanwhile, the Gannett Newspapers chain of dailies in Wisconsin is pushing ahead with its project to publish online the names and salaries of most local, state and federal employees in the state.

Because, apparently, it's important to know how much every single public employee earns in pay. But it's totally unimportant to know which of your neighbors has a gun permit. The latter is an invasion of privacy; the former is just another, routine assault on the good names of civil servants who, in some political circles, are not even considered to hold "real" jobs.

Read and weep: