Several stories over the last few days have me thinking about ethics. GOP Boss Henry Wojtaszek held a forum earlier this week for some elected officials and appointees to boards like the IDA, Community College, Bridge Comission with the former head of the State Ethics Commission to discuss dos and don'ts.
At the same time, the Buffalo News was praising Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for firing a public works employee who was accused of taking junkets from a contractor who did work with the city.
Then we have the Pat Schrader cover up and Scott Leffler's show on WLVL yesterday that raised the topic of "us" and "them." Leffler raised the issue of whether the "elite" in our community get to play by their own set of rules.
Hovering over all of this is the continuing saga of the Spitzer scandal with the state's Inspector General doing her best "I don't know nuttin" perfomance yesterday.
I'm always left wondering is it that hard to be on the side of good? Do people in positions of influence lose perspective? Is there a lack of common sense to the process?
Shouldn't acting ethically be pretty easy?