Letters to the Editor

Letter: Take a breath

October 29, 2013


To the editor:

David Guth extended what appeared to me to be a sincere apology for his tweet following the shooting at the Navy Yard. All of us have said things in a moment of emotion that we would later come to regret. It takes courage to stand on your principles but it also takes courage to apologize and ask forgiveness.

Many of you who know me understand that I am no friend of liberal politics, support the Second Amendment, and probably stand on the opposite side of the fence from Mr. Guth on any political issue he would care to discuss. I do not believe that any rational individual would wish harm on another’s child. I do believe Mr. Guth is a rational individual. If he said that he didn’t intend for it to be interpreted the way that it was written, I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Why can’t we all?

How the University of Kansas handles it from here is up to them. Removing him from the classroom, though, is too severe. What all of us need to remember is that all the man did was choose his words incorrectly. He didn’t threaten to hurt anyone. I have faced threats both physical and emotional and this was neither. We should all stop overreacting to these situations and take a deep breath.


Ken Lassman 4 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Scott, for your own measured, thought out words.

Phil Minkin 4 years, 5 months ago

I must admit that when I saw a letter from Scott Burkhart I thought it would be another right wing screed. Much to my surprise I read a well written, well thought out letter that I could agree with wholeheartedly. My apologies for pre-judging and my thanks for the letter.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 5 months ago

I am glad I could surprise you today, Phil. I decided to save my next "screed" for somewhere around Dec. 15. Ha ha.

Bob Smith 4 years, 5 months ago

It is possible for someone to be rational most of the time and dreadfully offensive some of the time.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 5 months ago

Keith, I would concede that Mr. Guth did not apologize in the words that I might have prescribed but I sensed in his letter true regret for the upheaval that he had caused the community, himself, his family, and his employer. Others have forgiven me in my life when I couldn't keep my mouth shut. I felt the need to offer forgiveness to Mr. Guth. As a matter of fact, the times we should be the most forgiving are the times when nobody asks us to forgive. Forgiveness is easy and costs nothing. When offered generously it returns exponentially.

Bob Forer 4 years, 5 months ago

Very well written and thoughtful letter.

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