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August 19, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Hiding things only creates suspicion

I find it rather dismaying that our state legislators don’t know a gift when they see one. Apparently it does need to be defined for them!

It seems fairly obvious that one reason for nondisclosure of a gift is to hide the fact that the legislator on the receiving end has created a huge conflict of interest by accepting personal gifts and/or trips from lobbying or special-interest groups — the gifts and trips too often are from those wanting to gain influence and advantage, many times to our disadvantage.

One wonders if some personal gifts constitute income, subject to federal income tax that is not being paid.

Ethics reform legislation, with teeth, is sorely needed — and perhaps mandatory ethics training for all of our elected officials.

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