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Column: Defining ethics changes with landscape




Once upon a time, Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America.” Last week, I heard former Congressman Lee Hamilton, “the most trusted man in Indiana,” give a talk on ethics in government.

His audience was drawn from northwest Indiana, but he opened his remarks holding the latest issue of the Bloomington Herald-Times reporting an $800,000 embezzlement by a former employee of that city and two concrete contractors from Bedford.

The scene was the annual meeting of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission — an ongoing effort to train local and county employees, board and commission members, as well as elected officials, about complex ethical issues. Currently, 10 communities and one county are members of the SEAC program.

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