Wednesday, June 9, 2010
New State Website Leaves Out Important Easy Links
By Jon E. Easter
The new state website has just been rolled out, but, if you want information on anything but the executive branch of government, you have to look for it.
On the old state website, it was very simple to get to the Supreme Court's portion and the General Assembly's portion of the web page. You just clicked on a link, and it took you there. I have looked all over the front page of the state's new website, and I cannot find a link there that takes you directly to these sites.
So, what have they done? The powers that be have combined two branches of government into one drop down menu. I think the General Assembly and the Supreme Court deserve their own links...just like the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State have on the web page. Of course, that just makes too much sense, doesn't it?
I wonder how much control Governor Daniels' office had over the construction of the new site. Whomever designed this new state web portal should be taken to task. The legislative and judicial branches are separate and co-equal branches of government. They should be treated as such on the state website.
One thing I find sickening is the hero worship of the Governor on the website. His picture is prominently displayed on the front page of the site just as it used to be. Why is this? We don't need to see Mitch's mug every time we need to go the state website for something. After all, this isn't Mitchiana.