Let’s not forget conflict of interest

The former planning director for Snohomish County, Craig Ladiser, has been sentenced (Sept. 4 article, “Ladiser won’t do jail time”). While Mr. Lasider obviously has a drug problem (alcohol), that is not the worst part of this situation.

The fact that government officials on all levels are “wined and dined” by the very individuals and organizations that they are supposed to be overseeing seems to me to be a blatant conflict of interest.

Should a judge in a court of law accept gifts from, or have a previous relationship with, a defendant? Of course not. Said judge’s decisions could be considered biased and therefore they would naturally step down from hearing the case. It should be no different for political or administrative government personnel.

And we wonder why our government doesn’t seem to represent our interests.

Matt Begley