I have been struck by the space allotted to Supervisor Bruce Gibson’s sexual activities (two front-page articles, one editorial and letters to the editor), and especially the sentiments expressed by Don Blyth from Templeton, who seems to feel that either a covert or open sexual liaison should bar one from government service.
If this were the case, of course, Thomas Jefferson would not have been a founder of our country or its president, Alexander Hamilton would not have been our treasury secretary, Franklin Roosevelt would not have been one of our greatest presidents, Dwight Eisenhower could not have served as either a general or president, and neither John Kennedy nor Bill Clinton would have been allowed to serve.
There seems to be little correlation between sexual peccadillos and job performance, at least as it applies to generals and presidents.
We seem to have an inordinate amount of interest in other people’s sexual activity, which I think is related to Mark Twain’s observation that nothing needs reforming so much as someone else’s behavior.
It has occurred to me that everyone involved would be a great deal happier in life if they would devote more interest to their own sexual activities and less to that of strangers.