Sunday letters: Public trust withering away

March 2, 2014 

SC State House

AP

— Following the news of Columbia City Council’s efforts to select a new police chief, the Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration’s many leadership woes and the S.C. Senate’s refusal to put an independent panel in charge of policing legislators’ ethics gives the citizens of this fair city a great deal of knowledge of how not to run a public organization.

Don’t decentralize authority to multiple board members, which allows endless bickering, politics, cronyism, one upmanship, gamesmanship and five other ships no one should set sail on.

Don’t allow any institution to monitor itself and administer its own penalties, even if they are toothless penalties.

And don’t allow the above organizations to continue to operate in secret with those dreaded closed-door meetings, which, however honorably conducted, continue the ineluctable meltdown of the public trust.

Peter Beaudette

Columbia

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