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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 10:55 pm | Updated: 11:31 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Letter to the editor

Sept. 14, 2012

I do not understand our country’s tolerance for the unethical, sometimes even criminal, just plain wrong behavior of our government employees/officials. I’m not talking about honest mistakes made by someone trying to do their job to the best of their ability. I am talking about the innumerable acts that are unconstitutional, unethical, unjust and/or corrupt. Why are we not up in arms demanding the right behavior from our government employees/officials? How did we become so complacent? Why is corruption and bad behavior so prevalent that we just accept it as normal? Does our country have nothing better to offer us? Is our country in such disrepair that we can’t get people in the positions of authority with truly good character? Our rights and well-being are sold, or just ignored, by the people on every level — law enforcement officers, lawyers, prosecutors, judges, jail/prison employees and health care professionals — people in all the various departments that are there, supposedly to help and protect us; and Congress itself.

To all those I am speaking of, I say, “What is wrong with you?! Why would you take your positions of trust and responsibility and spit on them like that, treating them with contempt; disrespecting yourself, your position, and all those you serve? You do not have to be like that. You can change. Be what you should be. Do what you should do. Serve and protect to the fullest and best of your ability with all integrity, honor and faithfulness. Be something worth being proud of.”

Some people are good, but too many aren’t. To the people of this country I say, “Wake up! Do something! Expect the best from your government employees. Demand it. Settle for nothing less. We are not subservient to the government and its workers. We are the ones who they work for; we should not fear them. We should not be bullied or mistreated by them. We need to get this country straight and put a stop to the shameful behavior. Let’s fix it and make it something to be truly proud of with good reason.”

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