Honesty an issue

Regarding the Opinion page column "Voters' `New Tolerance' May Go Too Far," Sept. 29: Tolerance in today's society has a lot to do with American politics. Article after article and interview after interview tell us that lying and misinformation by a candidate or politician are OK as long as an untruth is within the family or a small lie at best.

Yet how often do small lies become big lies? And if a person is willing to tell a lie once or twice, is he or she not willing to lie in another situation? Yes, the author is correct. Character should be an issue in this campaign and in every election. Glen Anderson, St. Paul, Minn.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

of 5 stories this month > Get unlimited stories
You've read 5 of 5 free stories

Only $1 for your first month.

Get unlimited Monitor journalism.