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Cuomo should promote proper code of conduct

Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes that one path to better government is to increase our taxes to allow public financing of election campaigns. He is being supported by a coalition of groups attempting to persuade our state politicians to pass this legislation.

What Cuomo should be proposing is a code of conduct that prohibits election campaign tactics including smear, hypocrisy, outlandish claims and deception. American voters need to realize that increasing taxes will not change behavior that is degrading our government.

Most organizations avoid these tactics, including our schools, licensed physicians, licensed engineers, Lions and Rotary clubs, businesses and newspapers. In my opinion, our political parties should adopt the behavior of these organizations before asking us to finance their election campaigns. Our political parties have degraded America and caused our current economic problems.

Michael F. Patterson

Clarence Center