Something terrible seems to have happened to these state (and federal) representatives between the cradle and the Capitol. Eventually, warped minds mount podiums to ask citizens for their votes and when the electorate, believing in an aspirant's goodness of character, pencils a choice on the ballot sheet it doesn't take long for homebodies to sense betrayal has soon set in. It is as if the elected, taking his or her place in the legislative body, has added one more repugnant soul to some kind of snake pit of conceit, corruption, dominion and marked ever after by an indifference to any constituency -- at least until re-election time rolls around.
Was George Carlin right? Your vote simply renewed a membership to the world's richest, most self-serving country club. And you'll be forever on the outside looking in.
"New ethics?" Whatever happened to enforcing the old ones? Besides, who either creates or changes these ethical rules? Wouldn't it be like asking the foxes to change how they behave in a hen coop?
The solution seems less in passing new ethics rules than finding solid, ethical people to do, as Spike Lee puts it, "the right thing." But those people, like that, don't run for office because, well, they're just better than the grafters like Boehner, Reid, et al.
-- BINK OWEN, Walla Walla