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It’s the end that matters

Don Rogers

We don’t so much need a code of ethics for the county commissioners as commissioners acting ethically.Besides, beyond the ultimate ethics code in the form of statutes and the Constitution and such, what laundry list will make a difference if it cannot be enforced?Commissioner Arn Menconi’s bid for a county code strikes us as busy work at a time things are quite busy enough.What would a code do to help Menconi and Commissioner Peter Runyon better understand that making decisions about Eaton Ranch should be done fully in the open?What would the code say differently than the law about Commissioner Tom Stone going to work for the company that built affordable housing for the county after making decisions about their work for the county? And what would Stone do differently?The answer: Nothing. Menconi and Runyon are just as likely to entertain offers dealing with Eaton Ranch in private, so long as they are assured of skirting the letter of open meetings law. And Stone would assert correctly that his actions were within the law, too.Maybe that sounds cynical. But none of these folks has shown much of an impulse to admit doing anything wrong. Ever. Just listen to them when questioned about ethical issues that involve them. They don’t need some legalized laundry list that they’ll just make lawyerly excuses for abusing anyway.Stone should not have gone to work for a company he knew solely from county business. Menconi and Runyon should instantly have put the latest Hermes offer on their agenda, and included Stone in the loop.Those questions have “well, duh!” answers. No code is needed for the obvious. No code is going to make them do the right thing, either. D.R.Vail, Colorado


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