Ethical public officials cannot be bribed

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All of the condemning of Mr. (Kevin) Ring in the bribing case has me disgusted (Journal, Oct. 16). Does anyone else see what’s wrong with this picture? In most cases like this, a lobbyist offers goodies to a government official — this is what lobbyists do. It acts as a bribe if the government official accepts it and compromises his decisions because of it. If this is found out, the government arrests and prosecutes the lobbyist. What about the person who took the bribe? In this case, I don’t care who gave what to whom. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the person accepting the goodies and allowing himself to be influenced by them who has violated the public trust and he is the one who should be prosecuted. Public officials with good ethics can’t be bribed. Enough said. Marcia Winborne-Graven, Lake of the Pines