Would any pass?
I would like to see the news media do evaluations of our politicians. Quarterly might be asking a lot, so annual evaluations will do. But instead of pointing out all of their faults (which we know are many), let's evaluate the positive.
1. Find just three politicians who have not told a lie. (Distorting the truth and not telling the whole truth, and nothing but, is a lie).
2. Find three politicians who do not have a financial “sugar daddy” who influences their decisions.
3. Find three politicians who do not pad their expenses for reimbursement.
4. Find three politicians who have not cheated or stolen in some way with the power of their office.
We should give a huge award to any politician who can pass all four of these. I trust the media will scrutinize anyone who comes forward and claims he or she can pass muster. This shows the caliber of politicians we really have.
John W. Newhouse
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.