Free trip or part of the job?
Every government, being local, county, state, or federal, has a code of ethics. Recently, Queen Anne’s County invoked theirs. The upper echelon, whoever they may be, stopped allowing the department heads or their assistants of our senior centers from chaperoning day or over night trips. In fact, they cannot even schedule these excursions. They now must go through a travel agency. These leaders of our senior centers made these trips enjoyable since they were familiar with them.
Now someone who is going on one of these trips must now be a chaperone. They do go for free. Few people really want to take the lead to be a chaperone on these trips.
What truly makes me write this letter was an article from the June 3 issue of The Baltimore Sun. Its front page stor y of Baltimore’s State Attorney accepting free trips for herself and a two-man security detail, along with other gifts to speak. In some cases, the state must cover the security team since the event organizers will not.
As a taxpayer, I question the legality of these trips that happen about once a month. Will any of these free trips ever have any bearing in future trials?
If there is a code of ethics in place across the whole state, then let them be used. No one should be exempt, no matter who they are. TIMOTHY F. SULLIVAN Kingstown