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Have public servants lost their ethics?

Original post made by Henry Organ, Menlo Park: other, on May 10, 2007

Thanks for the excellent editorial last week: "Sheriff should answer questions."
This event occurs when there is significant decline across the nation in the ethical profile of public servants. This pattern does not encourage the nation's best and brightest youth to consider public service as a career. Thus, there is a need here, as well as nationally, for greater adherence to credibility and transparency.
Henry Organ, Euclid Avenue, Menlo Park
<i>This letter ran in the May 9, 2007, print edition of the Almanac.</i>

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Posted by Menlo Park resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on May 10, 2007 at 8:34 am

Why should a county sheriff explain himself when people like Alberto Gonzales, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Feith, Tommy Franks, George Tenet, Colin Powell, et al feel no need to do so -- at least not until they can make millions from their tell-all books?

Has behaving with impunity become a required skill for public servants? Where is the outrage from the taxpaying public?

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Posted by EyesWideOpen
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on May 19, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Rather than feeling outrage, perhaps the public has resigned itself to public officials thinking they can behave badly with impunity. The assumption does seem to fit nicely with the prevalent attitude in this culture that what matters most is self-gratification and self-enrichment, and as long as you can get away with unethical behavior -- whether it's in the White House, the corporate board room, the classroom or the marketplace -- it's OK. When a politician or CEO or any other public figure engages in The Big Lie to justify bad behavior, there seems to be more shrugging of shoulders by the public than expressions of outrage. After all, we do what we must do to get by, right?

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Posted by peeved in portola valley
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 23, 2007 at 9:47 am

The Sheriff and the Under Sheriff should be held to the highest standards. If they are acting in conduct unbecoming behaviour, they should be held to the same disciplinary action that a lower ranking person would have been held to. This is ridiculous that they are able to keep quiet and make absolutley no comments in hopes that this matter will just go away! Enough is Enough!!!!

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