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Hogan unfairly demonizes Virginia governor

Protesters demanding his resignation gather outside the governor's mansion in Richmond on Saturday, February 2, 2019 after a racist photo of Gov. Ralph Northam was found in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

I am irate over the brash statement that the governor of the great state of Maryland made about the governor of our neighboring state, the commonwealth of Virginia, without knowing any of the facts (“Maryland Gov. Hogan says Virginia Gov. Northam should resign after racist yearbook photo scandal,” Feb. 6).

We all have made some stupid mistakes 20, 30 or 40 years ago that we are not proud of and wish that they were swept under the rug. Doing things that the governor is being accused of doing was commonplace years and years ago. We see it all the time in old-time movies starring actors such as Al Jolson.

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We are all guilty of these sort of antics. But then, we grow up and try to live normal lives not realizing that 30 years later it could come back to haunt us. The governor of Virginia needs to request an investigation as to who exposed the photo and for what reason. There are many reasons that we can hypothesize, say that the responsible person wanted to get an African-American in the office? Not beyond reason. Only to realize that the lieutenant governor himself has a cloud over his head.

This is one case. I am sure that there are others. In the meantime, the governor of Maryland needs to tend to problems here in his own state and not make such brash statements against a fellow governor. This Virginia governor needs symphony not criticism.

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D. Colligan, Glen Burnie

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