• Shocking lack of ethics
    May 24,2013

    Shocking lack of ethics

    The story about Gov. Shumlin’s real estate deal taking advantage of his down-on-his-luck neighbor is shocking, disgraceful. It would be disgusting no matter who did it, but Shumlin is the governor of Vermont and as such is required to behave ethically and give not even the appearance of impropriety. He took advantage of his high position and seems not to have conducted himself with the propriety and dignity required by his office.

    Obviously, Mr. Dodge has learned that he could not trust the governor. Can any Vermonter do so anymore?

    And what about the East Montpelier lister who sheepishly admitted to lowering the appraisal about 40 percent, because “it’s hard to ignore that he’s the state’s leader. … There’s a subconscious influence,” he is quoted as saying by WCAX reporter Jennifer Reading. So he too was taken advantage of by the governor. I have lived under seven governors since 1970: Deane Davis, Tom Salmon, Richard Snelling, Madeleine Kunin, Howard Dean and Jim Douglas, and a number of senators and congressmen, and I cannot think of any instance in all these years of any one of them behaving other than with the strictest ethical standards. Perhaps Gov. Shumlin can still make this right. Otherwise he should resign.

    Hannie de Leeuw


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