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Letter: City has similar loophole

I agree with the Monitor’s Oct. 8 editorial, “Legislature’s gift rules need to be revisited.” In fact, I wrote a blog for Concord Patch in May 2012 critical of our city’s newly enacted ethics rules for the city council. Our city has the same loophole as the state.

I still don’t understand how being invited and having the costs of the event paid for by the sponsor isn’t a gift. Here is part of what the city’s ethics code states: “Reimbursement for the cost of attending an event at which the officer or elected official is a speaker, member of a panel, or guest, shall not be considered a gift.” And remember, the event the city councilor or state legislator is attending can be hosted by an organization that wants to do business with the city or state. Is it any wonder we are skeptical when an elected official says, “Trust me”?

ALLAN HERSCHLAG

Concord

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