After reading the June 16 story “Summerville’s mayor criticized for barking orders,” I had to smile.

Basically, Mayor Wiley Johnson’s opponents were demanding he sign a pledge not to exercise oversight or ask a question of any civil servant.

Ridiculously, they called their piece of paper “The Code of Ethics And Conduct.” Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Maybe I should anticipate a reprimand the next time I exercise oversight or ask a question of a civil servant.

Of course , unlike the mayor, I avoid the use of “ASAP” in favor of “at your earliest convenience.”

But if Mayor Johnson’s opponents were truly interested in improving governmental ethics and conduct, they would long ago have enacted my proposal for “Ordinance Prohibiting Bribery.”

Not to do so amounts to political malpractice. They could simply borrow and adapt the language used by the city of Columbia. Further, the mayor’s opponents gave the last mayor full and direct control over the entire civil service.

Also, let us not forget that the late but still beloved Mayor Berlin G. Myers kept daily tabs on Town Hall, generally by telephone.

So is it possible that the mayor’s opponents are not just being hyperbolic but also hypocritical?

John Nicholas Hayes

Dupont Way