Poor examples

January 9, 2013 

GERALD SORENSEN, Richland

I am confused as to how we decide which of our leaders is expected to exhibit high moral standards.

Recently, Gen. David Petraeus was forced to resign from his position as CIA director because of an extramarital affair with his 40-year-old biographer. In the Tri-Cities, the Richland superintendent of schools appears to be on his way out because of "an inappropriate relationship" with a staff member.

However, Bill Clinton, while serving as president of the United States had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 22-year-old intern and kept his job!

The Washington State Patrol noted that they have difficulty finding qualified candidates because many candidates have had a DUI, used marijuana or have taken a prescription drug not prescribed for them. (How many people have used an anti-biotic which was prescribed for another family member?)

In his biography, President Obama freely (and perhaps proudly) admits to frequent use of marijuana. Yet he was elected and re-elected.

So are high moral standards only expected by the working people, while our top leaders are free to do whatever they please?

I always thought leaders were to lead by example.

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