How are we to believe the sincerity?

We see more apologies than we used to back when to be unapologetic was a sure sign of manhood.

Recent Bennington Banner headlines about Facebook smears of (State House Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington 2-2), and Joey Kulkin point to how regional name-calling bursts into global libel thanks to the Internet.

Just as there are hordes of imperialists who fault Obama for being the apologetic President, now there are lots of people who vent their lust to insult — and apologize thereafter.

It happens so often these days that the very meaning of apology has been trampled into an excuse for exposing one's undigested thoughts. Let them have their apology. Like evidence deemed inadmissible in a courtroom after it's been presented, the insult makes its impression anyway.

Are we to believe in the sincerity of an apology simply because correct words have been used? How are we to compare the relative weakness of language as displayed by the strength of the insult followed by the equally vehement strength of the apology?

— John Savlove North Bennington



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