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Letter: Politicians shouldn’t be accepting gifts of any kind

Politicians shouldn’t be accepting gifts of any kind

My Sunday morning started with a chuckle after reading Sandra Tan’s Feb. 18 article on the “tough rules” being proposed by county legislators regarding accepting “outside gifts.” To my way of thinking, there is only one tough and proper way to handle a proposal of this kind. Eliminate accepting gifts completely. There is no need for people who are well paid by taxpayers, their constituents, to accept gifts of value. The time that legislators spend trying to write a workable proposal that would satisfy all is, in my opinion, a waste of time. Time that could be better used on issues concerning the public welfare of the people they serve.

Past revelations regarding “gifting” often suggest that it becomes a stumbling block to good governance. I see this practice as something that pols feel they are entitled to do. An entitlement? Wow! I thought that entitlements are something that many politicians are opposed to.

The taking of gifts should be a non-issue. Pols never seem to get it right no matter how many times or how long they spend trying to draft an acceptable proposal. No matter what, it is a form of graft, pure and simple.

Gentlemen, have the courage to do the right thing. No gift-taking. Be satisfied in receiving a letter of thanks or appreciation, from the people you serve, for a job well done. You may feel the better for it.

Rudy Gonzales


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