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Character and values should matter

To the editor:

Something inside keeps telling me to write this. Character and values should matter.

While growing up, my family, friends, teachers and church taught me that we live in a world of diversity and should celebrate and honor it; that honesty, kindness to others and creatures, empathy before judgment, tolerance and civility give one integrity and earn them respect. These are values I believe in and cherish. Later as a mom and teacher, a priority in raising and educating children was to share this.

I don’t believe that ‘the end justifies the means’ just to be right, win or profit. It’s not OK to lie, cheat, never accept responsibility, never apologize, call others demeaning names, or retaliate — and then pat yourself on the back for being so superior. I cannot and will not justify or excuse any of our country’s leaders who, by their questionable behavior and example, clearly do believe that the end justifies the means.

We each have our own beliefs. Mine lead me to consider a person’s actions and treatment of others, as well as what they say, when choosing a leader. I do this by watching/reading a variety of news sources and fact-checking.

In addition to supporting more issues and possible solutions on one side over the other, I find that character has become a significant factor in my deciding who I want in the Oval Office. Some good things have come from the current administration, but I want to respect and trust our country’s leaders again, so I will vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Does character matter to you?

Barbara Herrala

Zuni