I read the article about Henry Cisneros, expecting at any moment to find a denial, excuse or historical revision ("Henry Cisneros," by Dana Calvo, June 24). What a pleasant surprise to read that Cisneros has accepted responsibility for, and been humbled by, his mistake. Calvo is dead-on when she states that "American politics today requires complete shamelessness." Cisneros shows that he knows right from wrong, which disqualifies him from any future in politics. I wish him and his family the best.
Calvo's article on Henry Cisneros was gutsy and very well written. Her descriptions really gave a sense of Cisneros' personality and fallibility, and they made me think that a) she either knows him extraordinarily well; b) he felt comfortable enough to lay it all bare for her in a very short time; or c) she is an incredibly intuitive writer. Kudos.
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Years ago I embarked on a campaign of forgiveness. I forgave my parents for parental dysfunctions, my best friends for social slights and my ex-boss for pushing me out of a job I loved. They never knew of my forgiveness, for I did it solely in my heart. Finally, I forgave myself for my own mistakes. It did wonders for my relationships and even more for my peace of mind.
I saw Mayor Cisneros on "60 Minutes" many years ago and immediately told my wife, "This guy could become president." I was impressed with him as a fine, caring human capable of national vision and leadership. I was crushed when his personal scandal was exposed. I do not condone what he has done, and I am disappointed by his actions. But, once again, I am compelled to forgive. Everyone makes mistakes. One major error would be to let Cisneros disappear from the political horizon without our society benefiting from his contributions. That would be unforgivable.