My View: Time to hold elected leaders to ethical standards

Jim Moore

It is time for the voters to demand better behavior from our public servants. If they disagree, do it with a focus on the issues. If they have choices to make in carrying out policy, do so for the benefit of the public first and foremost. Regardless of policy outcomes, we simply demand that those who work for the people act in an ethical manner as they carry out their roles.

Across the country, people are losing faith in the political system and in their elected officials. Much of this is grounded in fears that those in public office might govern against the people's interests, or, even worse, govern to enrich themselves at public expense. A big part of these concerns is simply the increased partisanship that is now embedded deeply in the American political system. When one side wins, the other, in this view, necessarily loses. We see these fears in the current presidential election, and more and more we see it in Oregon's state government and in local jurisdictions across the state.