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Letter to Editor: Is There Any Point to Continuing With Ethics Board?

Ocean City resident Jim Tweed suggests the board was a well-intentioned but failed experiment.

To the Editor: 

Communities are like people. Some of them never grow up. One of the arguments against keeping our local Ethics Board was that Ocean City was “too small a town.” That was a curious admission that we were not able to police ourselves. When I heard it, I thought it was sad to have so little faith in your own community. Now it’s time to admit that I was the one who was wrong.

 An Ethics Board can only be as good as the people who serve on it and the support it receives from the community. When the Ethics Board dismissed its own findings, the only one left talking was the defendant’s attorney doing what attorneys are paid to do: advocating for their client. Trials are the great engines of truth. And that is the one thing that has been avoided. Witnesses who really knew what happened will never testify. The accuser has been silenced by a $50,000 dollar payoff by the taxpayers of Ocean City. The accused is left free to spin the story his way without ever being confronted with evidence to the contrary.

Everybody wins, except “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

So what now? The Ethics Board was a well-intentioned experiment that failed.  Is there any point to leaving behind a monument to that failure?

Jim Tweed
Ocean City

Eric Sauder March 02, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Thanks for the info Frank. Maybe Doug would like to do an OPRA request and a follow up? It was a disappointment to a lot of people that those findings were vacated. And the public who did so much to support it only wanted to know WHY. Jim is right. Without public support it will fail..
Frank Worrell March 02, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Off topic I think you and Jim wrote great letters about gun control. A a topic I am reluctant to post my views as some who disagree with yours Jim,s and my views are completely obtuse.
Eric Sauder March 02, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Thanks Frank. Everybody has an opinion and I don't see the harm in expressing it.
George Petrie March 02, 2013 at 05:49 PM
looks like someone gave frank a new word and he is trying it out. it will not soothe your battered pride, nor does it make it any more appropriate or civic minded to insult people who are concerned about the harm your predudicial posts do to the town, but here's what I'll do: throw a pity party for you.
George Petrie March 02, 2013 at 05:55 PM
eric - yes, everyone has an opinion, but there is harm in some people in some roles putting that opinion on the public record. an example is someone whose official postion is precisely to judge the conduct of fellow citizens and in the context of specific and more general issues, and those judgments can potentially have enormous consequences on the people judged and their loved ones and on the reputation and treasury of the town where the person serves. but you reject that, which is your right AND it is ok - because you rejecting it causes no harm.

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