City Council's Pay Proposal

The highlights of the ethics reform package leads off with "A ban on outside employment for all elected officials" (March 1).

This will be one more nail in the coffin of the citizen-elected representative. It is basic American competitiveness that the best income provides the best living.

That to be elected to office one must give up his business or profession, has the certain negative effect of keeping good people from seeking office.

Simple honesty and integrity are the foundation of good citizenship. "Ethics" means nothing to me. As law it is worthless. Laws are only good for punishing those who are egregiously dishonest and whose integrity is flawed.

W.J. VALENTINE

Long Beach

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