On numerous occasions The Columbian editorial staff has railed against the State legislators practice of charging for apartments, dry cleaning, phone bills, and now for accepting meals paid for by lobbyists - always falling back on the standard alibi that you aren't saying they're breaking any rules, but the perception of impropriety is what matters. Yet when people point out that having a Mayor who votes on actions that benefit TriMet, when the firm he works for does business with that agency, creates that same perception of impropriety, The Columbian does everything possible to help portray those people as wackos who shouldn't be taken seriously. There's a bit of inconsistency with all of this.