The editorial, Ethics in Annapolis,” 2-27-17 is a must for me to respond to. The editors take issue with the quote, “culture of corruption” in Annapolis voiced by a judge 15 years ago, claiming it’s not applicable to most officials who serve the public honestly.
Yet your opening sentences point out the federal indictments involving a current and former member of the General Assembly along with the investigation of Delegate Morhaims’s conflict of interest.
These are not the only offenders. In actuality we have witnessed moral bankruptcy in Maryland government for the last 50 years not only in the legislative branch but the executive office as well. Should we bring up the names of previous governors, one who was sent to jail and one who was forced to resign as vice president of the U.S.
As for officials serving the public honestly, I’m sorry to say that “honesty” has become a relative term. What degree of honesty are you referring to? A public servant should not even give the slightest appearance of doing anything wrong. To be honest is to be honest without any modifications. It’s my contention the political behaviors of the General Assembly members preclude them from being in that category.
The best thing the General Assembly could do, for the welfare of Maryland taxpayers, would be to take an unpaid vacation for 11 1/2 months, and return to work 2 weeks to approve the state budget. That’s all they need for the task, and the 2 week pay is more than generous.