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Lunetta rant cruel

Posted: September 17, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Having moved to the SCV recently, I have been subjected to Steve Lunetta’s rantings in The Signal for several months now and I must say they are growing old.

However, none has irritated me nearly as much as his cruel piece on Sen. Edward Kennedy (“Death of a lion,” Aug. 31). Steve, my mother always told me, “Never speak ill of the dead.” Apparently, yours didn’t do the same and that’s a real pity.

You devoted well over half of your diatribe to the “Chappaquiddick incident” which happened 40 years ago and resulted in the death of a young Kennedy staffer.

Certainly, Sen. Kennedy did not comport himself in a noble fashion at the time by any stretch of the imagination, but he did come forward and admit guilt, make recompense to the family of the young lady and has had to carry the burden of what he did all these years since.

The accident was a legal matter as well and no matter how one looks at the legal consequences Sen. Kennedy had to face at the time (and they were surprisingly little), it was handled according to law. In our country, Steve, once the law has spoken we are supposed to move on, for society has extracted its punishment from the perpetrator.

That you would choose to regurgitate this incident (as it seems most right-wingers will at any mention of the senator’s name) simply highlights your inability to accept that there are such things as forgiveness and redemption, and that Sen. Kennedy — from the many testimonials given by both political allies and foes attesting to his abounding generosity and kindness — worked tirelessly to redeem himself with both the American people and his God.

Yes, God (at least the one I believe in) has surely forgiven Kennedy for his transgressions — even Chappaquiddick. I wish more folks like you, Lunetta, would do the same.

The Senator’s good works and unsurpassed concern for the weakest in our society are testament enough to his certain redemption, even if you remain unpersuaded, Steve.

I thank God for Ted Kennedy’s life and the positive changes he made in this country. We sorely need many more liberals like him in public service.

May he rest in peace.


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