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Best ethics policy for correcting politicians

Politicians, publicity and poor judgment are terms often used together, whether discussing the Ken Fries-Paul Moss controversy or any recent Illinois governor.

Along with death and taxes one thing is certain: Ethically questionable decisions will often be made by those given power. Let me be clear: Republicans and Democrats share the guilt, but not all elected officials are to blame.

I am still of the mindset that most of our elected leaders are ethical people, in the position for the right reasons. I have a habit of hitting the “snooze” button on my alarm nearly every morning. If a friend asked me to correct this habit, I would similarly snooze. What incentive do I have to correct a habit that from my perspective hurts no one?

Now imagine the perspective of the elected officials, whom we are now asking to correct a bad habit by rewriting and extending ethics policies. They might go through the motions, but they will eventually “hit the snooze” button. Our failure as a citizenry is focusing on tightening the already adequate (and sometimes stringent) ethics policies, both locally and at higher levels. Demanding that these policies be updated is asking those in power to fix a problem with them.

Simultaneously we diminish the power of our own precious vote. The correction for politicians who have demonstrated poor ethics is the vote. Ethics are a matter of opinion. My ethics are guided by my religion, upbringing and conscience. No ethics law, policy or ordinance can be crafted that adequately encompass protection for every elected official’s or citizen’s view of good ethics. The vote is our ethics ordinance, and the strongest recourse we have for poor behavior.

Zach Bonahoom

No assault rifles

We as a nation are deeply saddened by the senseless slaughter of innocent children in the Sandy Hook School.

It is time that the pro-gun people and organizations, along with the legislators who cowardly yield to their threats, take a good look at sensible gun legislation. I am sure that the writers of our Constitution could not envision rapid-fire weapons when they penned the words “right to bear arms.” Their arms could only fire a couple rounds a minute, not the 100-plus that assault rifles can fire.

I know that it is a person who kills, but it is our duty to remove the tools that these mad men use so tragically. I am a gun owner for hunting purposes only. Assault rifles are designed for one purpose only, and it’s not for game hunting.

Marlin Culy

Was there voter fraud?

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and most likely voter fraud, too. Many states wanted voter ID laws prior to this recent election, but the Democrats fought them tooth and nail, claiming the Republicans were trying to keep old people,

minorities and the poor from voting, while saying voter fraud was non-existent.

Fast forward to post-election assessments, and now that the dust has settled somewhat, some interesting things have come to light. For example, in Philadelphia there were 59 precincts, and nine precincts in Cleveland, that we know of, where Romney did not get one vote. Kind of strains credibility, doesn’t it? Meanwhile, CNN ran off to investigate a county in Texas where President Obama only got five votes.

There are reports from around the country of precincts that had more votes than registered voters. Other places reportedly had the Democrats run the Republican poll watchers out of the building. The Black Panthers were back again this year, too, standing outside polling places with their police batons, but that’s not meant to intimidate anyone, right?

And then there’s the case of Allen West in Florida. A conservative incumbent in a Republican district, West supposedly lost amid many allegations of “irregularities,” which caused even some Democrats to raise their eyebrows.

Reports of double- and triple-counting of some ballots, some not being counted at all, some ballots disappearing, some ballots being counted in secret, and again reports of more votes than registered voters. Hmmm. So, was there voter fraud? Was the 2012 election actually stolen as some claim? It is widely accepted today that John Kennedy won his election as president because of widespread voter fraud in Chicago, but no one wants to talk about it much. Will this election ever be officially investigated? Probably not.

Ken Selking

Decatur


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