Hard to root out corruption

 

The Jan. 5 editorial, Corruption interruptus, promises that the Herald will highlight what’s working regarding restoring trust in government. To suggest that layers of investigators, inspectors general and ethics commissions will ferret out the corruption in our community is to believe in Santa Claus.

Government employees are far too terrified of losing their jobs and pensions to so much as whisper improprieties to investigators, inspectors general or ethics boards. A friend was fired from the city of Miami — incorrectly accused of corruption — and died a year after being fired, probably of a broken heart.

The anti-corruption system you write of did what Castro’s political prisons could not do to him.

David J. Mendez, Miami

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