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Max Jones

November 14, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: Appearance of corruption a strong incentive for reform



In addition to providing participating newspapers with editorials, columns, essays, and editorial cartoons, the Star’s editorial board encouraged all of the newspapers to generate their own content on the topic of lobbying reform, and to share that content when appropriate with all the others as well.

The Tribune-Star does indeed intend to cover this topic in coming days and weeks. The Star’s series undoubtedly will open many eyes, and it’s likely the interest generated will spark change — or at least heated debate — when the next legislative session is convened in January. Our coverage, in both news and editorial columns, will attempt to keep readers informed of developments and provide impetus for change.

The story being told in this series is an important one. Access to legislative power is skewed in favor of those with money and resources to lobby decision makers. Does it mean the system is corrupt? Not necessarily.

The legislature is populated by many, many elected representatives and senators guided by a strong sense of ethics. But the system invites the potential for corruption, or at the very least creates the appearance that corruption could be at work. That in itself is a strong incentive for reform.

Please take a close look at the list of common-sense reforms proposed in this series. Then study the accompanying reasoning behind these proposals.

This is a very compelling case for reform.

As always, we invite your comments and responses. We will publish as many of those comments as possible.

Tribune-Star editor Max Jones can be reached at

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