LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Weiner resignation would send wrong message


I respectfully disagree with your editorial (June 8) calling on Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign from Congress in light of his ongoing "embarrassing scandal."

If he were to do so, it would send the wrong message to everyone. In the midst of the total humiliation and ridicule to which he has been subjected, I hope he will find the strength to fight off the self-righteous and self-serving politicians from both sides of the aisle who have moved in for the kill.

As far as we know, Rep. Weiner has broken no law whatsoever, and unless he has in fact broken a law, he would be foolish to give up his job. You say his actions were "inappropriate and idiotic." I agree. But if everyone had to resign from Congress for inappropriate and idiotic actions, there would be no one left to serve in Washington.

Our problem is we expect our public officials to be more than human and when they show themselves to be only human, we treat them in the most inhuman fashion.

It is striking that there is such a well-developed sense of sin in Washington but no corresponding notion of forgiveness. So much for the religion of politics!

Rep. Weiner needs to enter therapy and work hard to repair his personal problems and his marriage. He and his wife are expecting a child. I hope he will do so and that his constituents will prove more forgiving than his colleagues.

Patrick Henry
Walla Walla


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