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Voters shouldn’t care what Eliot Spitzer did in his private life Recently, you have published some letters from some of our more prudish citizens, in which they opined that it was too soon to forgive the sexual indiscretions of Eliot Spitzer, if indeed they can ever be forgiven by these individuals, whose lives were so personally and negatively affected. I am not excusing Mr. Spitzer. However, I do see these faults as character flaws which ...


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janesjoys
July 19, 2013
4:10 a.m.

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Re Zimmerman - Yes, the verdict is in and the jury performed the duty as instructed by the judge. Yes, Neighborhood Watchman Zimmerman has been found not guilty. However, I hear many things, too! I hear Mr. Zimmerman targeted black males in is role of neighborhood watch. I hear you are supposed to report and wait for the police. I actually heard the defendent tell Sean Hannity that this was an act of God and he has no regrets. Have you made a judgement on "hearsay" and done just what the defense wanted the jury to do: turn the young victim, who was quite possibly "standing his ground", into the villian? Perhaps, these groups and individuals that you criticize have nothing to celebrate regarding a jury system that does little to protect them.

Phils2008
July 19, 2013
6:16 a.m.

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janesjoys, oh you "hear" the guy who had a black prom date and mentored minorities, targeted black males. Good you listen to other uniformed liberals for all your information. That way you can form an educated opinion. Yes all the "evidence" confirms your hypothesis that Martin was standing his ground. George simply walked up and shot him. Must be interesting living in a parallel universe. Never ever ever serve on a jury. It's bad enough that liberals vote, but jury duty.......

Phils2008
July 19, 2013
6:18 a.m.

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Yes Frank, we should only care about what Republicans do not liberals. Holding Democrats accountable for anything they do would just be wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.

wmarincic
July 19, 2013
7:10 a.m.

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I suppose janesjoy also believes that Zimmerman was a "white Hispanic". Maybe she should read again what the judge wrote above. A liberal elitist living off the public dole has it's responsibilities, right janesjoy?

Niskyboy
July 19, 2013
8:23 a.m.

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"Voters shouldn’t care what Eliot Spitzer did in his private life." Really? The position of NYC Comptroller, the chief financial officer for the city, requires someone who shows good judgment and who is honest. Spitzer's private actions allow us to judge whether he has these essential qualities. His private actions actually tell us he is deficient in them. For example, in terms of judgment, he was willing to engage in activity that not only betrayed his wife and family, but if exposed could lead to their public humiliation. That is what happened.

And in terms of honesty, in the pursuit of his affair he paid cash. The prostitution ring was a $1 million+ operation. It didn't pay taxes. Spitzer, the former NYS Attorney General, would know this yet he went along with it. In other words, the former top prosecutor for the state paid money under the table to an operation whose managers later were convicted of money laundering charges, among others.

Mr. Elfland, I can understand you may feel prostitution is not a big deal but that is not the relevant discussion. The relevant discussion is, do Spitzer's private actions give us insight into whether he has the personal qualities that render him fit or unfit for public office. Yes, they do, and that is why we should look at them.

janesjoys
July 19, 2013
1 p.m.

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Why should I bother? You guys never seem to get the point I am trying to make. If you know me so well, it should be evident.

Phils2008
July 19, 2013
5:52 p.m.

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janesjoys, I can read. I only know what you say not what you mean.
"Have you made a judgement on "hearsay" and done just what the defense wanted the jury to do" What hearsay did the defense present to the jury? Yes we make judgments frequently on hearsay. When I buy a car, go to a restaurant, not when I have power over a human life. What subliminal point are you trying to make that we apparently cant grasp? This jury protected an innocent man. That's what jury's do. You liberals just do not grasp that the Judge and Jury are not for your social engineering projects, but that's exactly what you want them for.

janesjoys
July 20, 2013
2:40 a.m.

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Phils2008 - I am speechless!

rcellup
July 20, 2013
5:50 p.m.

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Mr. Elfland you must be kidding, Mr Spitzer committed a crime and as the former chief prosecutor he prosecuted the very crime he committed. This has nothing to do with morality or being prudish.

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