Guest opinion: Corruption should be prevented, not just revealed

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 19, 2018 10:45 a.m.

    This type of corruption is what you get when one political party has complete control of all aspects of state government.

  • Grandfather Ogden, UT
    Aug. 17, 2018 1:54 p.m.

    Thank you for your thoughtful and timely letter. Please keep in mind that, "We cannot change what we fail to confront." By way of explanation, the intended use of "confront" here means to reveal and "shame." Shaming is often a far more powerful deterrent than litigating. It's time we more regularly "shamed" those who with impunity subvert the rule of law and good governance. I believe that "revelation" is the "mother's milk" of "prevention."

    Vaya con Dios young friend!

    s/Grandfather-81, aka The Ole' Buzzard, SAFBI 1970-76, Major Ret. U.S. Army Special Forces See our blog at justice4all

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Aug. 17, 2018 10:02 a.m.

    A fine editorial if only it would include UTA, city planning and zoning discussions with developers, and every other government entity along with the Inland Port Authority.

    Why are these not included in editorial calls for open meetings, open records, and ready public access to budgets and spending?

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Aug. 16, 2018 10:22 p.m.

    Except in the rarest of cases where executive session is truly warranted (such as discussions regarding individual employees, or sensitive negotiations) government meetings must be open to the public. Government financial data must also be open. We must have full access to how decisions are made and our tax dollars spent.

    And so with this editorial I am left wondering why I have not read similar editorials regarding UTA. Why not include UTA in this editorial along with the Inland Port Authority?

    It would be far more powerful to demand open meetings of all government agencies rather than giving a pass to those agencies you like while expecting only entities of which you disapprove to follow the rules.

    Open meetings, open records, and online check registers for the Inland Port, for the Prison Move, for UTA, and for every other government agency, entity, and sub division.

    See how easy it is to be consistent and principled? No mental gymnastics needed.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Aug. 16, 2018 3:28 p.m.

    Re: ". . . it is critically important that the special counsel, Robert Mueller . . . be allowed to complete [his] work . . . ."

    Unfortunately, Mueller isn't even looking into corruption.

    What we really need is investigation into the billions handed to the Clintons -- and what "donors" received for it. Or Obama's $40M personal net worth and scores of millions for his Presidential Library -- and what "donors" got for it. Or Harry Reid's $10M -- and what "donors" received in return. Or Bernie's millions -- and what "donors" got back. Then, we ought to look into what George Soros received for the hundreds of millions he's "donated."

    Though Democrats and other leftists seem to be better at it, that's not say that we shouldn't look into finances of ALL politicians, of every stripe. Where'd it come from? What'd "donors" get in return?

    In Utah's Congressional delegation, it'd be nice to know how Hatch amassed $4M in net worth on his salary. Lee, Bishop, Stewart and Love haven't done so well -- net worth

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 16, 2018 1:48 p.m.

    "The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of “Trump Incorporated” attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets. A jury is about to deliberate bank and tax fraud charges against one of those people, Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman. And the campaign’s former deputy chairman, Rick Gates, has pleaded guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators.

    Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him. Now more than ever, it is critically important that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team of investigators be allowed to complete their work without interference — from Mr. Trump or anyone else — so that all Americans can get the answers they so rightly deserve."

    Former National Security Director John Brennon

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 16, 2018 12:33 p.m.

    This opinion piece is absolutely correct. Political corruption must be rooted out at every turn. The future of our country and society depends upon it.

    One of Lincoln's purposes in fighting the Civil War was to create a corruption-free society in which citizens were safe. Abraham Lincoln famously stated "Whenever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this government cannot last."

    Those who are soft on political corruption are ignoring Lincoln's legacy. Indeed, if we are not safe from corruption, we are not truly free.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 16, 2018 11:44 a.m.

    So, in a nutshell, you're expecting Utah elected officials to prevent corruption? You're kidding-right?

  • Marxi$t Plymouth, NC
    Aug. 16, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    Unfortunately, when you try to prevent corruption, you also add layers of accountability that make the government slower, more expensive, and less responsive. Nothing comes for free - even preventing corruption.