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Letters: Weiner's behavior issues, not his lies, are the problem

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 1:31 pm

Jon Beydler's guest commentary ("Lessons learned from Weinergate", June 29) points out that much of society has developed an attitude of openness about sex and pornography. Anthony Weiner's behavior is one of the symptoms of the prevalent lack of self-control that has developed. While part of society accepts many forms of personal sexual choices, there still seems to be a consensus that something is wrong with his actions, especially as a public official. I disagree with Mr. Beydler's conclusion that it is or might be OK to act in such a manner as long as they don't lie about it.

Many seem to accept the fallacy that people can separate their public life from their private life. There is no separating a person's actions from who they are no matter where they are. If they can't manage themselves in the areas of personal responsibility, they should not be public officials. Freedom and self-government are only possible when individuals and leaders have certain fundamental commitments to behavior that are self-enforced. A person's honesty is a direct reflection of their private virtue.

Charles Brown, Mesa

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