POV | We're Number One! - WDRB 41 Louisville News

POV | We're Number One!

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It's always nice when our area's sports teams rank highly in national polls, or local restaurants show up on national "Top Ten" lists.

But it's different when what's being measured is governmental corruption. And unfortunately, Kentucky seems to be having a championship season in that regard, as well.

In a recent study by Harvard University's Center for Ethics, several hundred state political reporters were surveyed to determine levels of corruption in each state. And in the category of what the study defines as "legal corruption" -- trading official favors for endorsements or campaign contributions -- Kentucky was number one.

Now, to be fair, in the category of illegal corruption -- defined as officials trading favors for cash or gifts -- we only came in third. But hey -- that still puts us in the 94th percentile. Certainly playoff material.

I know -- being chronically ranked near the bottom in areas like income, education and health can be pretty depressing. But aren't you proud to know our lawmakers are such five-star performers when it comes to feathering their own nests?

I've said before that we'll never shed our image as a backwater state until we see a real change in our legislature, and this just provides more evidence. I only hope this wakeup call helps make it happen.

Do you think Kentucky is as crooked as it's made out to be? Call and tell us.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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