Questions donations to commissioner


We are by now accustomed to politicians acting contrary to their proclaimed values. We as voters, however, tend to believe that the virtues of good government will eventually prevail.

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has, I believe, proved such wishful thinking is just that -- wishful thinking. After condemning Doug Sutherland, the previous incumbent, for taking money from timber interests, Goldmark has slid up to the trough of timber lobby money and accepted $100,000 from wood and timber interests these past three years. He contends that such money from groups he regulates "wasn't pivotal to (his) ability to represent the public and act always in the public interest."

Why Mr. Goldmark believed such money would corrupt Doug Sutherland but not himself remains a question we the voters ought to ponder.

Joan Dow


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