Letter: Ethical question not closed | Opinion
The “ethical question” will only be “closed” once the village council has clarified its code and sanctioned Mayor John Strickland for suspiciously defaming Kevin Drum in the run-up to election day.
I am sure that in “living as if they were on duty as elected officials, no matter where they are or what they are doing,” the 2010 council meant that members should treat citizens who offer services. opinions on village problems at professional or social meetings with the same respect as at official meetings.
I’m also sure they didn’t mean that no board member can ever express their disapproval or anger to a citizen who has done something wrong. By this standard, no human is qualified to sit on the Pinehurst Village Council.
What seems to have been lost in the discussion is that Mr Drum was questioning actions that, as a former chief executive of another local association, I would characterize as patently wrong and, if deliberate, contrary to ethics.
Also lost is that Mr. Drum was initially polite, and his emails only got harsh after his concerns were ignored and then dismissed. He also apologized for their tone despite his outrage being fair.
Kevin Drum hasn’t done anything unethical.
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