Joel Godfrey: Own up to your actions |

Joel Godfrey: Own up to your actions

Joel Godfrey
Summit County

The issue of personal responsibility in America may no longer be foremost in the minds of many citizens. It has become far too easy to blame others for transgressions of both a personal and professional nature.

I speak of this from a background of personal experience, having met with justice at the Silverthorne court. Charged with a uniform summons (10-4-120), I had my day in court with Judge David A. Helmer, who decided it best to impose a significant fine and sternly warn me of my social obligations.

My point is this: Own up to your actions and strive to set a positive role model for others. I made a mistake that I regret and will not re-visit. But I chose to take full responsibility for my actions and accept the elements of sentencing, this letter being one of them.

Do not attempt to B.S. your way through life, as personal integrity should trump silver tongued-devilishness every time. If you make an error, take ownership of it, pay the price and move on: you owe it to yourself and the community.

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