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Letter: Benson said it best — character still matters

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President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Ezra Taft Benson smiles at a comment made by fellow church leader Mark E. Petersen in April 1975.

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In 1986, Ezra Taft Benson gave an outstanding speech titled, “The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner.” President Benson said we must carefully choose our government leaders. They must be “good, wise and honest.” All three qualities are crucial. Character matters.

A good person does not insult, demean or try to hurt other people, but this is what President Donald Trump does regularly. Does this matter? Yes. This tells the nation that the way to get what you want is by shaming and humiliating those you don’t like. Does this help us solve our problems? No. Is it OK for our kids to be bullied? No, and it isn’t OK for our president to set this kind of example.

He shows an astonishing inability to learn from experts, or listen to and try to understand differing points of view in addressing problems. And to say he is honest is a stretch.

His actions discourage kindness, helping those in need, understanding people with different backgrounds, or forgiving each other when we inevitably make mistakes.

Character matters.

Shirley Davis

American Fork