A lesson in hypocrisy
EDITOR: Since it was not April 1, I will assume that Thursday’s front-page story about the Sonoma State University ethics center is not a joke (“Some topics too close to home for SSU ethics center”) and that the comments attributed to its director actually reflect the philosophy with which the center is being run.
If I have it right, corporate support of the center will immunize the donor from uncomfortable questions about its business conduct. Although the center currently appears willing to take on the “thorny issue” of immigration limits, will a $12,000 donation from Racists Against People Who Don’t Look Like Us also take this issue off the table?
I am not sure what students can learn from the center, but the rest of us are getting a great lesson in hypocrisy.
Time to go
EDITOR: Lance Armstrong should just ride his bike into the sunset. Bye-bye.
Politics in action
EDITOR: We are getting quite a lesson in politics at the moment. Our City Council decided to use an application process to fill the seat vacated by newly-elected Supervisor Susan Gorin. While this will not be as costly as a special election, it does direct time, money and energy away from city business. The expedient, economical and fair solution was to appoint the next highest vote-getter in the November election, Don Taylor, to the council. In the end, council members will select whomever they prefer to work with rather than whom the voters would choose.
Concurrently, we see how these dynamics work on the state level, with recently unseated Assemblyman Michael Allen being awarded a plum job on the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, presumably in consideration for his affiliation with Assembly Speaker John Pérez.
The lesson of these events is that elected officials are expected to serve their peers and protect their personal interests rather than advocate for the people at large. A candidate may be civic-minded and an asset to the community, but, to serve on the government stage, he or she would be advised to address the interests of the individuals with whom he or she hopes to work.