I'm glad to see the apology issued by Melissa Click to the journalist she was attempting to intimidate. She now finds herself facing a swell of opinion that she should be fired for her actions. Is there room in this scenario for admitting that in the heat of a fast-paced event fraught with emotion, caught off guard, that we don't always make the best choice or show our best side? (Recall Tim Wolfe, Homecoming parade). I'm not taking sides or justifying anyone's behavior ... But perhaps this may create yet another opportunity for humbling and creating benefit of the doubt that we give ourselves and those that align with us, but find it hard to give to others or those we perceive as against us. Maybe most of us aren't so different after all.
Cindy Smith lives in Efina, Minnesota. She is an MU alumna, graduating in 1980 and 1985.