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It’s like watch­ing a west­ern where all the ac­tors wear black hats.

Lib­eral leader Stephen McNeil says it would be a good idea if MLA ex­penses were listed out in the open to help pre­vent the type of skul­dug­gery we’ve been made aware of lately (Dex­ter Vows to Tighten Ex­pense Rules, Feb. 9).

Heck, I sure agree with him on that one. How could any­body The CapeBre­tonPost wel­comes let­ters on mat­ters of pub­lic in­ter­est for pub­li­ca­tion over the writer’s name. Let­ters must state home ad­dress and phone num­ber where au­thor­ship can be reached for ver­i­fi­ca­tion. Let­ters must be no more than 300 words. Pub­li­ca­tion is at the dis­cre­tion of the Post and all let­ters are sub­ject to edit­ing for read­abil­ity, gram­mar, taste, pro­pri­ety and length. To en­cour­age a di­ver­sity of con­trib­u­tors and opin­ions, let­ters by same writer will not ap­pear more fre­quently than twice a month. Copy­right in let­ters and other ma­te­ri­als sub­mit­ted to the pub­lisher and ac­cepted for pub­li­ca­tion re­mains with the au­thor, but the pub­lisher and its li­censees may freely re­pro­duce them in print, elec­tronic or other forms. For e-mailed let­ters, do not in­clude at­tach­ments. Opin­ions ex­pressed in let­ters are those of the au­thors. The Cape Bre­ton Post, its pub­lisher or pub­lish­ers, and Transcontinental Nova Sco­tia Me­dia Group Inc. do not nec­es­sar­ily en­dorse the views ex­pressed therein. ar­gue?

But he then goes on to list the types of things it could pre­vent, along the lines of $5,000 com­put­ers and ex­pen­sive dig­i­tal cam­eras. Well, of course it could. It also could pre­vent MLAs from pur­chas­ing pa­tio fur­ni­ture, or spending money on a rel­a­tive’s park­ing lot sand­ing busi­nesses or on emer­gency gen­er­a­tors and large flatscreen TVs, for that mat­ter.

There are ques­tion­able ex­penses from all three po­lit­i­cal par­ties, not just the premier.

It’s dif­fi­cult to tell the dif­fer­ence in all of this be­tween the good guys and the bad guys. It’s like watch­ing a west­ern where all the ac­tors wear black hats. We need some­body to show up wear­ing a big white hat, rid­ing a white horse, so we know whom we can trust and root for. Dou­glas Woods Syd­ney

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