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Let He Who Is Without Sin ...

May 4, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

To the Editor:

Self reflection ought more to be practiced in politics. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." -John 8:7.

I echo the sentiments of Bob Miller concerning Delegate Ryan Ferns. As Chair of the Ohio County Republican Party, I will cross the "party lines" and I will stand up for what is right.

What has happened in the media is an outright shame and frankly dead wrong. How many others have been arrested for DUI in the past week? In fact, who else was arrested on April 20, 2012? Are they any less or more deserving of the character assassination which has transpired in the last week of Delegate Ferns? The truth is political figures are subject to more scrutiny. However, while we chastise our political leaders for placing themselves "above the constituents," we don't hesitate to hold them to a higher standard of humanity. Last I checked, we were all created equal. Last I checked, we have all made mistakes.

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfection, that's their problem. If people choose to capitalize on your mistakes, shame on them. If I could go back in time and fix all the mistakes I made, I wouldn't because it has made me who I am today. However, while I wouldn't choose to fix them, I do choose to learn from them.

I chose to learn from my mistakes and forge forward. Just because someone "messes up" doesn't mean that within time, one can't find a way to change for the better. Just as any athlete can write a chapter from a win and a novel from a loss, I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes. There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. It isn't the problem along the way that makes us or breaks us. It is how we learn to stand and face them that makes the difference.

It is hard to accept, but you can't change the past. You can't go back and manipulate things to the way you wanted them to happen. But, you can change the future and that's a beautiful thing about life.

Yes, we will all make mistakes and in fact, we all have. There are good days and bad days, but each day is and was meant to happen. Knowing that each day is a new day and that in each day you will learn something is a true blessing.

Life is a like a rope, twined in all its complexities and yet waved into one marvelous stream - grab a hold of it and choose to make a difference! Don't blow someone's candle out so yours can shine brighter. I can assure you that in the end, your candle will continue to dwindle as the other stands tall.

Ryan Ferns is a good and honorable man. He is my neighbor and I am proud to call him my friend.

Elgine McArdle


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