To the editor:
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Dane Eagle, who is seeking the position of State Representative for Florida House District 77, outline his legislative priorities. He refers to his objectives as the 4-Es: the economy, education, environment and ethics. The first three one would expect from most candidates running for office in Southwest Florida, or in just about anywhere in the United States for that matter. It was the fourth, ethics, which caught my attention. While last on the list, Dane explained that ethics was in actuality the most important priority.
We have a tendency to throw words like ethics around without really thinking about their true meaning. Ethics is essentially the principles of conduct governing a person's (or group's) behavior. We often think of ethics in terms of morality, or the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. I was curious to learn how the word was being used in this case.
Dane explained that a bond and trust must exist between the voters and their elected officials. This bond and trust translate into our ability to know that our elected officials will do what they say, which is to represent us - their constituents and our best interests. He reminds us that we have all witnessed politicians promising one thing, getting elected, and then do something entirely different than promised. He believes this is one of the key reasons voters become so frustrated. I believe he is absolutely correct and that it does indeed boil down to ethics. Ethical people have principles of conduct illustrated by their doing what they say they will do.
I believe Dane has much to offer as the State Representative for Florida House District 77. He is smart, personable, a local guy who understands the challenges of owning and doing business in Southwest Florida, and he knows how to get things done in Tallahassee. However, perhaps his most important attribute is that he is an ethical man. I will vote for Dane Eagle and I hope you will too.
Dr. Julia East