When Bad People Do Great Good

With the admission of Jonathan Edwards' adultery in 2006, many are speaking as if he's a completely useless man.

With the admission of Jonathan Edwards' adultery in 2006, many are speaking as if he's a completely useless man. Edwards did more damage to himself than to anyone else. Certainly he hurt his wife, and he deserves blame for this; he also let down his loyal followers.

But his error does nothing to neutralize the great vision of eradicating poverty that he shared with the country. It also does nothing to erase his victories in legal battles against greedy, fat corporations.

Edwards' error was immense, but let not this one mistake blind us to the rich and deep good that still remains within the man. Instead, we can work to practice the highest ideal of Christianity and other faiths: forgiveness.

We can forgive the horror of the error and invite this man back into the "fold" of decision-makers. He reminds us that people, even with all our many weaknesses, can do great good.

— Richard Francis, Hamilton

Small Pleasures and Big Battles
I was one of those "johns" who visited the Asian/Korean massage parlors a few months ago. And I used CityBeat coupons at most of them.

Really, sex wasn't on my mind. All I wanted was a good massage from an attractive Asian woman.

It wasn't until my third visit that the subject of sex was brought up — by the girl. She said it was on the basis of the tip amount I'd given previously. Expensive, yes. Great sex (hand job), not really. But I indulged myself a small pleasure.

Yes, I was eventually pulled over by the feds. Intrusive, embarrassing, humiliating — I felt real small and I told them what they already knew.

I applaud your efforts in pursuing those clowns at Citizens for Community Values and elsewhere who want to make the adult ads in CityBeat a media event ("A First Amendment Battle Worth Fighting," issue of July 9). I agree with you that this should have been handled in a different way.

I've read your publication for years and will continue to do so. I hope the outcome of your legal battle with CCV, Sheriff Simon Leis, Cincinnati Police Chief Thomas Streicher and others will embarrass them and exonerate you.

— Anonymous Reader, Cincinnati

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