Letter: SeaTac needs ethics code

Dear SeaTac City Council,

In last night's Council comments at the end of the meeting un-elected Mayor Tony Anderson stated that just because a lawsuit is filed does not mean the city has done anything wrong.

Wrong in whose eyes? There is a difference between LAWFUL and ETHICAL. If your actions are ethical you are most likely 99.9 percent lawful, however if you are lawful you may not be necessarily ethical. I hope you get that and it has nothing to do with religion (if you're asking) though some may need those guidelines more than others.

Secondly, the summary judgment you spoke of has been appealed so "the slightly overweight lady" has not sung just yet.

Deputy Mayor Gregerson's comment that the council heard no negative comments about the Study Sessions/Council format is farcical.

First of all comments are not allowed in the Study Sessions where this issue was discussed. It is easy to say there were no negative comments when comments are not allowed altogether in those meetings, not to mention Ms Gregerson ignored the fact I have made negative comments, in writing, to the council and the press.

The current lawsuits (2 pending, 1 in appeal), if taken by themselves could be viewed as isolated incidents. Collectively, and with anecdotal testimony of those who cannot afford to sue, and my own experiences with the city represent a pattern of behavior that is detrimental to the citizens and well being of the city as a whole.

Maybe I should stop making the case for a Citywide Code of Ethics. Some council members/city managers (past and present) seem to be making the case for me.

Thank you for your service to our city (I think).

Earl Gipson

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