Your average citizen would be held fully accountable if a law were broken.
The governor improperly uses the state airplane for campaign-related activities, in one case clearly breaking the law (“Audit: Dayton misused plane,” Jan. 17). He does not get fined. He provides a comment that people make mistakes, as if this absolves him of the offense (“Dayton says of audit findings: ‘We’re human,’ ” Jan. 18). On the other hand, I get stopped by the law for driving 70 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone and tell the officer, “I’m sorry, I made a mistake and it will not happen again.” How often will I get off without paying a fine?
Is this fair to the average citizen? Is justice blind? Everybody should be treated the same.
Just because Dayton reimbursed some of the costs is no excuse for breaking the law and not incurring a penalty.
ANDY PAKALNS, St. Paul
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