A pos­i­tive life

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Re­gard­ing “Photo plight” (Ed­i­to­rial, Tues­day): The ed­i­to­rial neatly glides past a cou­ple of ob­vi­ous ques­tions brought out by the racist photo in Gov. Ralph Northam’s year­book and the sub­se­quent nu­mer­ous calls for his res­ig­na­tion.

First, in this par­tic­u­lar case, Northam said at least four times that he is not in the racist photo, so it is up to those call­ing for his res­ig­na­tion to prove that it is him, and that he ap­proved of and sent in the photo. If they can­not prove it, they are ask­ing for some­one who may be in­no­cent to re­sign for some trans­gres­sion that he did not even com­mit..

Se­cond, even if this al­le­ga­tion is true, should we as cit­i­zens be will­ing to ig­nore the pos­i­tive as­pects of a man’s life such as mil­i­tary ser­vice and duty to the coun­try and look only at a neg­a­tive that may have hap­pened in his life some 35 years ear­lier when he was a very young man? We have all done fool­ish things as young men and women.

I would urge the gover­nor to stay on and fight this. Robert L. Fis­cher, Hous­ton

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