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Whistleblowers deserve our gratitude and protection

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By Sherry Robinson

Sometimes We the People don’t elect the most upstanding candidates.
Or we elect upstanding candidates, but they appoint people who aren’t cast from the same material.
Or the power and temptation that come with the position alter them in ways that would surprise their grandmothers.
Stuff happens. Most of the time, the first to know are subordinates or co-workers. Unless they’re willing to come forward, the bad seed grows and, undetected and unchecked, spreads aggressively.
I have a lot of respect for whistleblowers and have worked with a number of them over the years. I know there are soreheads and disgruntled employees and even office romances gone wrong. They’re outnumbered by bona fide informants.
Let me introduce you to them.
They rarely see themselves as heroes. They’re ordinary people who really, really, really didn’t want to complicate their lives or step into the limelight.
But they’re witnesses to something they could no longer stomach. The way they see it, they have no choice.
Whistleblowers risk everything, everything — job, health, reputation, marriage — by going public.


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