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November 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM #739902
Trust really does make the world go around.
Trust brings respect. There really was a time when it was very natural to trust the motives of people.
Positive idioms that became part of every day use developed because trust was to be taken for granted:
My word is my bond.
My handshake is as good as gold.
Negative idioms also became ingrained in common language:
The boy who cried wolf.
It would seem that telling a little white lie to spare someone’s feelings has turned into a contest to see how big of a lie can one get away with. Have we normalized lying to the point where we no longer even expect the truth?
I can not respect you if I do not trust you. I can not trust you if you lie all the time.November 28, 2017 at 2:45 PM #740352
One might wonder why there might be a perceived ; little-bitty, possible potential for a, somewhat tiny, conflict of interest.
When the city negotiates with the competition to Lansdowne then all is most certainly A okay.
Eleven hundred dollars of freebies couldn’t influence anyone – could it?
Trust ’em , all is fine.November 28, 2017 at 7:14 PM #740358
Chaz, several years ago, when the topic of campaign contributions being made by developers created if not a de facto conflict of interest, then at least the perception of a conflict of interest, Mayor Watson made a point, in public, of saying that his support could not be bought for $750, to which, someone opined something to the effect of “So there is a price, all you are doing is haggling?”.November 29, 2017 at 3:59 AM #740375
Brian Mulroney’s famous comment “Ya dance with the one that brung ya.” certainly applies. Maybe one $750 donation to a campaign doesn’t ‘buy’ a politician but what about dozens of $750 donations from affiliated donors? There may be some whose donations to political campaigns are in support of the democratic process but I suspect they are far outweighed by those who see it as an investment in the kind of government that will work for and with them. The “greater good” they seek is one that benefits them personally and in their business endeavours. What’s that saying about where charity begins?November 29, 2017 at 4:10 AM #740379