2011-06-24 / Letters

Weiner Had To Go

Dear Editor,

I am very put off by the arguments of those in favor of Anthony Weiner retaining our Congressional seat. As a highly educated person, Dr. Angelone must realize that his arguments in Weiner’s favor are specious, at best. On the west end of Rockaway, we are surrounded by Federal facilities. The condition of Riis Park and Fort Tilden (by the way, where is that pool?) do not speak highly of Weiner’s track record in getting us benefits. Just exactly what wonderful things has Weiner done for us?

To compare Tiger Woods to Anthony Weiner is ridiculous. Do we really want to hold elected representatives to the same high standards as pro golfers? Because we are all human, and therefore imperfect, are all imperfections acceptable? Is one who picks his nose in public (surely not perfect) as unacceptable as one who commits (let’s say) genocide? Or are there degrees and shades of imperfect behavior, some acceptable and some not?

Does Dr. Angelone really mean to excuse Weiner because his workload, allegedly on our behalf, does not allow him normal social interaction? Is it really our fault because he was working for us? The last time I heard logic this wrong-headed, I was watching Animal House. Dr. Angelone goes on to say that it is unrealistic for us to expect better behavior from a possible successor. Dear Doctor, if calling a press conference to lie has become behavior we should expect from an elected Representative, I guess the Republic has indeed seen its best days in the past.

Finally, don’t forgive his actions, but forgive his mistakes? What in God’s name does that mean? Were his actions not a mistake? Were his mistakes not his actions? And by the way, in answer to “what we might have done in his place” – does anyone else’s answer include, “not be a creepy liar”? If Dr. Robert Angelone, Ph.D. really believes that “hurricane mitigation,” a nonexistent pseudo science, is more important than basic honesty, he needs to perform a value check.

Fast.

BOB ISRAEL

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