A con­flict of in­ter­ests

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

How in the great state of Arkansas can Rep. Dan Sul­li­van, R-Jones­boro, be chief ex­ec­u­tive of a child-care com­pany that re­port­edly has been shown to be com­plicit in child ne­glect and re­cently in a child’s death, and be able to be a spon­sor of Act 576, which stripped the state com­mis­sion of its au­thor­ity to reg­u­late child-care cen­ters?

Can there be any greater ev­i­dence of a con­flict of in­ter­est for an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive’s care for his con­stituents and his own wal­let?

I be­lieve Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sul­li­van should ei­ther be an ad­vo­cate for the prof­its of his com­pany or look­ing out for the health of the chil­dren in his dis­trict—not both. Given the choice be­tween the two, it seems he has al­ready made it clear which is of greater im­por­tance to him.

JEF­FREY DeSANTIS

Lit­tle Rock

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