Gov­ern­ment se­crecy of­ten leads to cor­rup­tion

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - — Clay­ton M. Leis­ter Boy­er­town

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.

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