In regard to Julie Muhlstein’s Friday column asking for officials to be civil, I feel the issue is more one of criminal entitlement.
In the more than 20 years that I have known, worked with and for Craig Ladiser, he was always charming and civil. To my knowledge he didn’t need to openly bully or show his contempt for those of us who opposed him because he had hired managers to do that for him. And they were often very effective.
Craig’s criminal activities are not simply a result of a lack of civility or poor judgment at a single drunken golf tournament, but a prevalent, consistent and ongoing pattern of feeling entitled and an ongoing pattern of being above reproach and above the law. And that kind of pattern, attitude and lack of ethics appears to start from the top and trickles down through our leaders.
Maybe this is the question Julie and others might ask: Is it too much for officials to be honest and ethical public servants?
Carol L. Richter