Re "Probe: School officials illegally got gifts" (Our Region, Nov. 5): Why are we surprised that school officials fail to report gifts from special interest groups? Every day we are constantly reminded of more and more corruption, bribes, thefts, and "overlooked" gifts to and by politicians, appointees, and government employees. It's symptomatic of today's government culture where there is a voracious appetite for, and apparent entitlement to, the taxpayers' dollars.
In this particular case, the solution is to have all business considerations, including presentations by bond advisors, be heard in the school district board meetings in full view of the public. This would restrict the perceived need to travel to various outside locations (most often as mini-vacations in resort settings) thereby eliminating the travel expenses and any compromising need to accept gifts. Their need to bond and share best practices is a smokescreen. Let the special interests come to the school districts for public observation.
-- Mark Roberts, Loomis