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Apologizing is not a sign of weakness


Dear editor: Perhaps the most serious problem posed by the Donalds of the world isn’t that they make mistakes, even if in every fourth “sentence” uttered or every other act performed.

Rather it is that they don’t ever recognize their mistakes, and thus never publicly apologize, ask for forgiveness and promise to do better in the future.

Public acknowledgement of one’s fallibility and finitude, when required, comprises a very fundamental moral and political requirement of “fitness” to govern in a liberal

democracy.

It also issues a maxim to abide by in one’s professional and private life: if the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t try to wear it.

Walter Okshevsky, St. John’s

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