Lack of courage

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Last week on these pages we ed­i­to­ri­al­ized on the fact that the Ge­or­gia leg­is­la­ture re­fused to con­sider nu­mer­ous bills that would limit the leg­is­la­tors from ac­cept­ing gifts from lob­by­ists. On top of that, there has been a re­port by the Cen­ter for Public and Global In­tegrity, both na­tional groups that cham­pion gov­ern­ment re­form, that ranks Ge­or­gia last in the na­tion in deal­ing with trans­parency and laws on public cor­rup­tion.

This rank­ing was based on the pres­ence, lack of or strength of laws on public cor­rup­tion and gov­ern­ment open­ness with the public. Of course some state of­fi­cials were shocked that the state was rated dead last and ques­tioned the cri­te­ria used by this group in their find­ings.

It’s a safe bet no­body in Ge­or­gia ap­pre­ci­ates hav­ing our state re­ceive such a black eye, es­pe­cially from an out­side group, but if the old shoe fits, wear it. In­stead of com­plain­ing about the re­port, we should clean up our act. Politi­cians con­stantly speak of the need for trans­parency and of­ten use it as a ral­ly­ing cry dur­ing cam­paign speeches. We would like to see our lo­cal leg­is­la­tors lead the way in see­ing that, in fact, that hap­pens.

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