If anyone needed further evidence of what is ethically lacking in so much of local governance, there could hardly be a clearer example than H.R. Crawford’s comments in the Nov. 15 Metro article “Airports authority official says audit referred to him.”

Mr. Crawford, a board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, sees nothing wrong with treating the authority as his private preserve, wherein he has a perfect right to get jobs for his granddaughters and daughter-in-law and a friend’s grandmother.

Totally missing from his bluster was any sense that he understands how using his position in this way takes away an opportunity from other granddaughters, daughters-in-law and grandmothers to fairly compete for job openings.

Dennis Wynn, Washington