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EDITORIAL: Malheur County judge must take stand for honesty

Citizens deserve honesty in their government day in and day out. Sadly, trust in public officials and agencies has faded. Those who control government bear much of the blame, and that’s true here in Malheur County.

In our democracy, citizens install other citizens into public office, trusting they will serve the common interest. “The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest,” said Thomas Jefferson.

As citizens, we must trust that those in government will obey the law as they expect us to do. We must trust that those in power will use their government positions fairly, treating every citizen as equal. We must trust that they will use tax money wisely, not to the benefit of cronies or foolish acts. And we must trust that those in government tell the truth about public affairs, avoiding contortions or political . . .