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We can make up our own minds about the honor of elected officials

Your investigative reporting has done a splendid job of exposing what appears to be all of the relevant facts in connection with Frisco Town Councilmember Bernie Zurbriggen’s role in the awarding of the Peak Speed Internet access contract.

It is abundantly clear there is absolutely no evidence of any conflict of interest. It is absurd to ground your conflict argument on Bernie being a creditor of Netbeam since his chances of recovery on his claim in the bankruptcy court are zero.

Consequently, your continued uneasiness on the question of Bernie’s ethics now rests on the perennial fallback used by those who can find wrongdoing and who choose to rely on mere innuendo: “the appearance of impropriety.” How lame.

When all the facts have been made public, we don’t need your opinion on whether a public servant has been behaving in an ethical manner. We can make up our minds for ourselves.

On the important matter of whether in the heat of battle Bernie’s judgment about the worthiness of taking the admitted risk associated with doing business with Peak Speed was correct, only hindsight will be able to tell.

Conflating the merits of the agreement, however, with the ethics of the negotiator is a mistake and seems only to serve to sully the hard-earned reputation of an honorable man.

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