Seriously, would Lake politicians put service first?

2013-05-10T00:00:00Z Seriously, would Lake politicians put service first? nwitimes.com
May 10, 2013 12:00 am

I think columnist Rich James needs to read his columns before they're printed.

A recent column states, "Wouldn't it be nice to put government service before politics?" Does anyone have a recollection of this happening in Lake County politics? Can James name anyone in Lake County politics who has done so? Mostly what one hears of Lake County politicians is who is under investigation.

Since 2000, more than 50 Lake County politicians have been convicted, the latest of these being Tom Philpot. They have been from the lowest to the highest, from a Merrillville clerk and a Schererville town judge to the Gary police chief and county commissioners. I believe Joe Carlson wrote extensively about these.

And former East Chicago Mayor Pastrick has been found liable for $108 million for running a "criminal enterprise." How many of these put service before politics?

Rich asks for miracles. It would almost be unethical.

- Carl Robinson, Chesterton

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