Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Lund's Residency Matters

I will preface by stating that I do not know where Mike Lund was/is living. This being said, I am somewhat surprised at the apologist comments being made by people who don't think it matters where Lund lives. There is tangible evidence indicating the discrepancies in addresses Lund has used yet I have seen many comments on blogs, the Herald News site, and others that this issue is being blown out of proportion, that it doesn't matter where Lund was actually living because he is a better city councilor than others, and so on.

I think the Broken Windows theory is applicable on this issue - Small violations of law (non residents voting in Fall River elections or running for city council) lead to bigger violations of law & political corruption .

To those that think that lying about residences to run for political office isn't a big deal and that inquiries into Lund's residency are being blown out of proportion, I will say that the FBI disagrees with you:
"Public corruption is one of the FBI’s top investigative priorities—behind only terrorism, espionage, and cyber crimes. Why? Because of its impact on our democracy and national security. Public corruption can affect everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected…to verdicts handed down in courts…to the quality of our roads and schools. And it takes a significant toll on our pocketbooks, too, siphoning off tax dollars."

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