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April 05, 2009

Ethical standards in Congress

I read with interest the article “Missouri lawmakers welcome FBI investigation” (3/31, A-1) and was grateful someone was keeping an eye on government, while hoping that any politicians found to be “on the take” would be identified and prosecuted. That is until I read the comments by state Sen. Matt Bartle, who blames term limits for creating an environment that entices our lawmakers to participate in the tit-for-tat practice.

I would argue that term limits need to be more stringent with only a single term of six years with no retirement or benefits after leaving office. This would remove all need for developing a campaign war chest and would truly put these “servants” of the public in the category of doing public service.

Our service men and women serve their nation with no expectation of any lasting benefits for their six-year commitment.

Larry R. Cook
Raymore

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Disability is not the same as benefits for service Vet.
Matt Bartle is nothing but another crook lawyer politician, just like Claire, Emanuel III, Blunt, Jay Nixon, etc.
All a bunch of worthless scumbags that deserve a good session of waterboarding.

GCYL

“Our service men and women serve their nation with no expectation of any lasting benefits for their six-year commitment.” - Larry R. Cook


Especially during a time of armed conflict I have to ask, seriously Larry? I’m bored, what better way to waste six years of my life than by walking around inside a firefight?


Frankly Larry your last sentence is pure garbage on several levels. The history of service, dedication and price paid by our military is above comparison nor holds any relevancy to the history of abuse and dishonesty of our politicians. Our country has always been defended by its best while being led by its worst.

GCYL

“Larry are you high? Our service men and women are promised a long and growing list of veterans' benefits after their active duty ends.”


Anyone that considers the VA Hospitals as a benefit is high. Anyone who sees a growing list of benefits is realy high.


“I know of one guy who was hurt playing basketball six months into his enlistment. He has gotten a partial disability check every month since 1970 totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.”


The military doctors signed several statements admitting that my brother’s form of cancer was a direct result from treatment received during basic training. My brother spent years fighting to keep his partial disability, watching the percentage slowing drop year to year. Once the military came to the conclusion he wasn’t going to die soon enough they cut him off completely.


Can't dunk, partial disability. Lose a lung and other parts of your body, no disability. That’s the military for you.

viet-vet1970

Larry are you high? Our service men and women are promised a long and growing list of veterans' benefits after their active duty ends. I know of one guy who was hurt playing basketball six months into his enlistment. He has gotten a partial disability check every month since 1970 totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Joaquin

Larry Cook says, "Our service men and women serve their nation with no expectation of any lasting benefits..."

No so - I served in our military, including a year in Vietnam. As a result of my service I'll receive an additional $5 each and every month when I become eligible for Social Security. That's an additional ten grand (if I live to be 233 years old). Same benefit as a member of Congress, I think.

 
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