To the Editor:
If my taxes pay the salary or expenses of any elected servant or employee, or if public money is spent for any project, then I, and every taxpayer, should have every right to see where taxes are going, whether at the local, provincial or federal level.
An audit should be done for every level of government, from the Senate to the local authority, and the results be made available to the general public without any “spin doctoring” being done.
Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks wrote, of senators, “Any person who holds any public office position … should not only withstand public scrutiny, but stand before the public to explain any shortcomings.”
Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber wrote, of Government, “I have reluctantly come to the inescapable conclusion that the government’s lack of support for my transparency bill is tantamount to a lack of support for transparency and open government generally.”
In 1896, Christian author Ellen White wrote, in Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing (page 68), “Everything that Christians do should be as transparent as the sunlight. Truth is of God; deception, in every one of its myriad forms, is of Satan; and whoever in any way departs from the straight line of truth is betraying himself into the power of the wicked one. … We cannot speak the truth unless our minds are continually guided by Him who is truth.”
If only we would all live the truth and practice no deception.
All of us are sinners and capable of committing the worst of sins, but if Christian principles were lived out, then the deception and greed which is prevalent in society and many professions would be eliminated.