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Keep up the reporting on public officials

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I continue to read with great interest the stories in the Telegraph related to the incompetent public officials, which leads me to my New Year’s wish.

I would like to borrow a taxpayer-funded credit card to use for a month. I promise I will pay whatever expenses I incur on the card and to return it at the end of a month. Seems easy enough to acquire a card for personal use. Any takers?

I wonder to myself what information is being withheld by any governmental body from the taxpayers, and what actions would be brought to the public’s eye if not for the reporting of Sauk Valley Media.

What right does any publicly elected or appointed official have to circumvent common decency and laws?

No written policy seems to be a common answer; what about morality, isn’t that a policy?

I continue to read these articles and wonder why there aren’t criminal charges brought against someone, or how many governmental bodies are open to lawsuits.

I’m not relating to any one body but to many who refuse to open all their books and abide by laws. Worst case is Dixon, and anyone who served over all those many years. Assuming most who served asked to represent their neighbors and friends, certainly they each should assume at least a partial guilt for failing to do their jobs.

Seems the words “public official” just don’t seem to mean much to a lot of public servants. 

Maybe a long, hard look at the term “public servant” should be addressed at all levels of public service employees.

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