Cretul is behind the times

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Each of us as to any major issue of fairness falls into one of three categories. We are either ahead of the times, with the times, or behind the times. As one reflects on some of these major issues - right of women to vote, child labor laws, civil rights for minorities, etc. - one can readily recall elected officials, family members and friends who placed themselves in one of those categories.
Ideally all of our leaders should be ahead of the times on these issues. After all, that is the very essence of the definition of leadership. Unfortunately, state Rep. Larry Cretul has chosen the "behind the times" position on the question of fair and equal treatment for the gay community.
I can understand that an individual would choose to be behind the times, but I can't understand why we would elect such persons. Fortunately we, the people, eventually get it right on these major issues of fairness, with or without leadership. Thus, just as surely as women can now serve on juries, gays will become full partners in the human family during the early part of this new century and the Larry Cretuls will be left standing with the George Wallaces of history.
Ralph T. Bowden, Micanopy

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