Friday letters: Why should Radel get a pass?

December 6, 2013 

Once again a public official stands and declares his belief in redemption and forgiveness.

Well, of course he does. How else could Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., have hoped to get a year of probation and his record expunged and continue to serve in Congress?

And it is not lost on me that if he had been arrested at home he’d be pleading guilty to a third degree felony punishable with up to five years in prison. Thank goodness the poor man was arrested in Washington — instead of during a cocaine "run" in Florida.

Did he just become an alcoholic with no judgment? Otherwise, wouldn’t the tea party have noticed? So please explain why a member of my Congress gets a pass in supporting drug cartels?

Shouldn’t he be held to a higher standard? Shouldn’t all lawmakers be held to a higher standard?

Maybe if we made laws that apply to celebrities and VIPs, then we could hope to teach our youth to respect them.

By the way, I want a law requiring the next public figure who uses “redemption” in a mea culpa speech to wear a shock collar to zap them whenever they speak.

Julia Yazel

Columbia

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