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Truth always easier than lies

June 12, 2011
By KATHRYN SPIRA , For The Leader Herald

Hey, guys, sorry about missing last week. What with Memorial Day weekend, the time just got away from me and I missed my deadline.

There, now, wasn't that easy? The truth always is easier than making up a bunch of lies and stringing them together. We've seen a lot of that lately, from both political parties.

Let me start with the most recent major lie from New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. That's the most recent incident as of this writing. But it seems to happen so often another one may come up before you read this.

About Weiner, I thought his press conference which was broadcast live by many TV stations, was actually a lesson in what not to do. As most commentators stated, he should have just made a brief statement and stopped, but instead he went on until he was in tears with embarrassment especially in regards to his new bride when he admitted to as many as six online "sexting" affairs including digital pictures of himself in various stages of undress.

In February, a married Republican congressman from upstate New York resigned suddenly after a scandal erupted over emails and a shirtless photo supposedly sent to a woman in response to a Craigslist dating ad.

Christopher Lee had just begun his second term representing New York's 26th District when hours after the scandal Lee announced that he was quitting Congress, and a clerk read his letter of resignation on the House floor.

In comparison, Weiner stated he had no intention of resigning. But here's my feeling. He will either be forced to resign by his fellow Democratic colleagues or not get re-elected when his term is up. And how can voters trust someone caught in that many lies?

And then, of course there's one-time Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards and former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have both actually fathered children out of wedlock and lied about it for years to further their political ambitions.

How do people in the public eye think they can do these things, lie about it and then get away with their behavior and lies? I think they must feel they are above it all and they can simply go unscathed.

In acting, it's very common that aspiring actors, including myself, would embellish their acting resumes by putting down membership in the Screen Actors Guild. Members of SAG got better acting auditions, so it was a way to get a step up in their careers. I was guilty of this myself, but its apples and oranges when someone is in power and many people can be hurt by the lies. We're all human and all make mistakes, the difference comes with what we do with our mistakes.

I must admit I've gotten caught up in the flurry of all the political scandals because they are covered so much on news programs as well as on the comedy channel. I especially like John Stewart and Steven Colbert's shows because they entertain while relating news items. Both shows have a derisive slant, but at least they make us laugh.

Let's face it, we all make mistakes. Some are magnified because of their position. It's just sad when those who should be doing the right thing don't.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website at



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