Government secrecy often leads to corruption
Boyertown Borough was recently courted by Aqua of Pennsylvania for the purchase of its water and sewer systems. In preparation, Boyertown obtained an appraisal of the same at a cost to taxpayers of $7,500. My knowledge of the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law told me that information to be protected by privilege; however, I appealed a denial for that information to certify the exercise of that element of the law.
It is well known that Pennsylvania remains the fourth most corrupt state within the union of states based upon the indictment of public officials.
One of my goals in life has been to expose and depose corruption wherever and whenever possible. My successes include deposing three drug dealers, an arsonist and a prostitute. The cost to me for these efforts included many forms, most seriously, death threats. With my successes and reputation, I remain a threat to many seeking a life of corruption and illegal activities.
Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law legal decisions are flawed based upon the fact that they fail to offer a “sunset clause” exposing relevant information to the public. Too much relevant information and data remains undisclosed beyond the “statute of limitations” protecting public officials from prosecution.
Failing to hold public officials legally accountable for their illegal misdeeds remains costly to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its residents.
It is incumbent upon me to offer a solution to the present mess created by patronage and outright corruption in government. Creating “term limits” of service in office would go a long way by preventing the festering and growth of corruption in office.
Your wisdom and knowledge regarding this matter is undoubtedly superior to mine. Please, together, let’s make the commonwealth of Pennsylvania the most honest and responsible state in the union of states. — Clayton M. Leister Boyertown