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Reader's view: Romney's apology for bullying rings hollow

Most sixth-graders know an apology doesn't include, "If I hurt you, I am sorry," but rather, "I am sorry; I was wrong to do that to you." Children know the difference between a prank and bullying. Mitt Romney apparently doesn't. He was part of a ...

Most sixth-graders know an apology doesn't include, "If I hurt you, I am sorry," but rather, "I am sorry; I was wrong to do that to you." Children know the difference between a prank and bullying. Mitt Romney apparently doesn't. He was part of a high school gang that tackled a student with long, dyed hair and held him down while Romney cut his hair.

The Romney Spin Machine now calls this behavior a "prank." It was bullying. There will no doubt be comparisons to the immature behavior of other presidents and presidential candidates. A critical distinction between Romney and these people is that their experimentation with legal or illegal substances involved harm to self, not to others.

Character is defined in young adulthood. Romney's ability to rally others to enforce his views seems to have started in high school, continuing through adulthood. His character permitted him to unapologetically reap financial benefit by giving many individuals "financial haircuts." Then, to avoid paying taxes, he parked his Bain gains in off-shore banks.

It is unfortunate that half the voters in this country are willing to give this bully a larger voice in our collective futures.

Jane Hovland

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Duluth

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