Originally created 11/27/98

Lauds those who resist dishonesty 112798 - The Augusta Chronicle



...Some years ago I met a politician who had "Honesty, decency and morality" for his motto.

I stood one day in his office and he discussed a sheet of paper. "My friend," he said, "if I sign that sheet I will go out of my office with $1 million tax free in my account. If I sign it, I will violate my life-long motto which I have followed in my business dealings through the years. What do you think?" Then almost instantly he said, "I'd rather die than break my practice. Friends will never trust me again if I sign this. I've decided to not sign it."

Some years later he left public office bankrupt, and when friends found out his situation they raised enough to pay all his debts. But he had refused to cheat, steal or snitch under cover and betray the trust of all those who voted him into the high position he occupied.

Too often in our time, we read of men in high places (and low) who choose not to be honest, decent and moral. A trust betrayed once reminds us of Judas Iscariot and Benedict Arnold. Sad! But not worthy of a second trust in a position of public trust!

Dr. James L. Adkins,Augusta