June 24, 2011 |
Journalists are not public officeholders, nor do they manage public funds. But they do hold, precariously, a public trust. And at the foundation of that trust is the pledge to tell the truth, or at least to get as close to it as they can. One way journalists keep that trust is to be transparent about their profession, about who they are, and, yes, about their flaws and biases. This is even more true today in the age of social media when online readers, Twitter followers and Facebook friends want to know that there's a real...
August 14, 2012 |
The agency that oversees the region's two largest airports and is building the multibillion-dollar Metro extension to Dulles has lost the public's trust and must immediately implement reforms, the nation's top transportation official, two governors and the D.C. mayor said Tuesday. The unusually strong rebuke of the ethics and judgment of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) came in a letter to the board from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, Maryland Gov....
May 3, 2009
Colbert I. King ["In D.C., a Spat Among Spongers," op-ed , April 25] rightly condemned Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for accepting Washington Nationals tickets and suggested that all such handouts be refused. I agree. But I would go further. I not only condemn the practice but believe it should be made an impeachable offense, requiring removal of the official from a position of public trust. There are strict rules regarding gifts to government officials. Those rules should apply universally.
April 27, 2012 |
Federal prosecutors asked a judge Friday to sentence former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. to nearly four years in prison, saying he repeatedly breached the public trust for his own self-interest. Thomas pleaded guilty in January to two felony counts connected to his theft of more than $350,000 in city funds intended for youth sports programs. In court filings Friday, prosecutors requested a 46-month sentence, while Thomas's attorneys made a lengthy case for a more lenient 18-month sentence.
December 23, 2012 |
"THERE'S A REAL difference between not being criminally charged versus running a campaign properly. " That point, made by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. this month as he closed the criminal case against Kwame R. Brown's 2008 reelection campaign, is apparently lost on the former D.C. Council chairman. That's all the more reason we hope that D.C. election officials are serious about pursuing lingering issues that surround this campaign. Mr. Machen called upon the D.C. Board of Elections — which...
August 10, 2009
I applaud and agree with Aug. 4 letter writer Geoffrey E. Greene that it would be refreshing for a politician to admit error, accept responsibility and honorably resign. That should be the norm. However, Mr. Greene erred when he said that Alexandria Police Chief David P. Baker resigned last week after being charged with drunken driving. Chief Baker's letter announcing his departure clearly specified his intent to "retire" from the city Police Department, and he will receive full retirement benefits.