Last September, I wrote a
about an ethics initiative in Palm Beach County, Florida.
A response to numerous scandals, it featured an ethics pledge,
primarily for government officials, and a successful attempt to get an
independent ethics commission and inspector general for the county
government. I felt that the business leaders in Palm Beach County who
led the initiative had a good understanding of government ethics, and
took a fresh, effective approach.
I cannot say the same thing about a copycat initiative in Luzerne
County, Pennsylvania, the home of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, called
. Its ethics initiative, led by a business group
ethics institute at Misericordia University
, is also a response to
numerous scandals (see my blog post
on the most infamous one), but it lacks the focus of the Palm Beach initiative.