To the Editor:

Shakespeare describes the ill treatment of women by some politicians and persons in authority as an act that “blurs the grace and blush of modesty. Takes off the rose from the fair forehead of an innocent love and sets a blister there.”

This is much more than this. It has printed an indelible scar on many women. These courageous women, named Time’s Persons of the Year, have launched a worldwide crusade with the slogan #MeToo, exposing these atrocities to millions the world over at a speed never before seen since Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement of the 60s.

Whatever be the outcome, I consider it a sad day for men and women. Most of our websites are rubbish, infused with sex and porn. I have lived in the U.S. for over 30 years and find that we are a trusting, kind, generous, and humane people. The few men who perpetrated the recent crimes against women misusing their positions of authority do not represent men in our great country. All the same, I apologize as a man and pray that the scars heal.

I was thrilled to read General Kelly’s (chief of staff in the White House) remarks in the context of attempts to politicize the death of a soldier in Niger. I quote, “When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore as we see from recent cases. Life, the dignity of life is sacred. That is gone. Religion, that seems to be gone as well.”

We pray that the spirit of this holy season motivates our country to restore its greatness, dignity and honor.

Ted Lobo

Hickory Lane, Dec. 19