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Reader's View: Williams should use his experience to promote good

I am not your mother, Brian Williams, but I am old enough to be. If I were your mother, I would say that your choice to twist truth into a lie was a bad one. It was wrong and caused much difficulty and hard feelings.

I am not your mother, Brian Williams, but I am old enough to be. If I were your mother, I would say that your choice to twist truth into a lie was a bad one. It was wrong and caused much difficulty and hard feelings.
I think the best thing to do now is go forward and not crash and burn because of your bad choice. Go forward by learning from the experience, and atone for it with productive action.
First, admit your failing. Then educate young people in schools with lectures (free of charge), stressing the dangers and consequences of making poor choices as well as the destruction that can be caused by deceiving in order to promote one’s self image.
Second, because your deception was an insult to and a betrayal of the respect owed to military personnel, donate the salary you received during those years when the mistruths were perpetuating to veterans’ organizations, especially to those helping wounded vets.
Don’t listen to those in glass houses casting stones. They seem to succeed in spite of the betrayal of trust. But the bread they cast on the water will return to them.
Caught in a lie, Hillary Clinton once excused herself by saying she “misspoke.” President Bill Clinton lied about his association with an intern. Sen. Ted Kennedy saved himself by leaving a girl to die as he fled. Sen. John McCain betrayed the family he swore to love and protect.
“By their fruits ye shall know them,” reads the Bible. But the American public keeps “them” in high places of prestige and power. We have twisted the Constitution into an unholy pretzel. None are squeaky clean.
Brian Williams, use your experience to promote right actions. You were given a good life. Don’t waste it. Go forward.
Margaret Erickson
Superior

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