I continue to be dismayed by the sorry state of politics in Indiana. A reasonable person should be able to presume that after the recent incident involving former Indiana Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, and his brush with the appearance of impropriety related to lobbying and voting for legislation that resulted in his personal business ventures earning millions of dollars would make a person think twice.

Apparently not, because our own Sen. Jim Buck seems to be following in Turner’s footsteps in authoring Senate Bill 481. In this bill, the Kokomo Republican proposes counties must maintain private subdivisions’ unregulated drains. While this may seem reasonable, he also proposes that counties cannot expect residents in those same subdivisions to pay for that maintenance.

I would hope a long-serving senator would understand how local government is financed and realize residents pay for services they receive. In this case, residents in subdivisions with unregulated drains connected to regulated drains would pay no additional charge. Like the self-serving Turner, Buck happens to live in such a subdivision.

It’s bad enough Buck also participates in political theater with his stymied emergency legislation to scuttle construction of Kokomo’s baseball stadium. Hopefully that unneeded legislation will continue to sit tabled.

Ethical issues aren't only in the legislative body because it seems our governor also wants to join in by stripping the superintendent of public instruction of authority, just because his “boy” lost the election.

Guys, get a grip. Once serving as an elected official was viewed and accepted as public service. The current crop of politicians seem to want to make it personal service.

Dave Wallace

Kokomo

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