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Updated: September 23, 2013 2:20PM



Correcting an error
is worthy of praise

Perfection and deities reside in the supernatural world, but I and most of my acquaintances live in the natural world characterized by human frailty, and consequently mistakes are inevitable.

Although most of us strive to avoid errors of judgment, they still happen, but wisdom comes from correcting those errors and finding a new and better direction to follow.

Gerald E. Jawor criticized Indiana state Sen. Karen Tallian for voting for the “Stand Your Ground” law, but now that she sees more clearly the downside of the passage of that law, she has expressed regret for her vote. That is what introspective fallible human beings do.

I believe Tallian should be applauded for having the honesty and strength of character to publicly admit that she might have now voted differently on such a complex matter as this particular legislation. I have had the pleasure of speaking with Tallian on several occasions, and I found her to be an intelligent, dedicated, compassionate, and responsive elected official.

Instead of obsessing over a “gotcha moment,” perhaps we should support outstanding public servants like Tallian, and appreciate that it is foolish to believe that winning any election endows the winner with the mantle of infallibility or perfection.

Fred R. Meyer

Valparaiso



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