August 30, 2008 12:00 AM

Are cultural council members first in line for grants?

Q. I serve on my town's Cultural Council, which awards state-financed grants to local arts projects. Many council members themselves are artists and are permitted to apply for grants. Those members leave the room when we consider their proposals. But unlike ordinary applicants, every council member seeking a grant has received one. Is that ethical?– Name Withheld, Massachusetts

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