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Letter to the editor
Voters should have voice in next state ethics bill
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Forsyth County News

Evidently, different people have different meanings for “ethics” and “moral upbringing!”

Some seem to think that whatever you can get by with (extend their authority and receive money,) that it is alright as long as they are the ones doing the sorry deeds.

They think that all the goodies that they are receiving, that they will not be asked to pay back with their votes on legislation that comes before them to vote on. Sorry, but you legislators are dead wrong and you always reap what you sow. Remember this the next time some lobbyist wants to bribe you on a bill before the vote is counted.

Our legislators certainly seem to have a different meaning because the “ethics bill” has enough holes in it that you could drive a fleet of Mack trucks thru it. You cannot put a cap on lobbyist giving gifts and money, because you have to stop it 100 percent. For if it is anything less, they find a loophole to get around what the bill really should be and continue to do our business the way they want to instead of doing it the right way, for their people.

If the legislators truly want an ethics bill, put it on the ballot and let the people of Georgia decide what they want in the bill. I would be willing to say that the majority of voters would definitely want a clean bill, strict, no money or favors from lobbyist, 100 percent accountability to the voters and a pure heart to vote for us, the people of Georgia. The people do not want people who are out to get more power and not care whether they hurt us or not.

I hope that everyone has a great Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Sid Barfield