Editor: There have been several letters to the editor labeling as trivia the expenses accrued over and beyond the designated amount on hotel expenses incurred by Valerie Docherty and George Webster. There is no reason why Valerie could not change her “view” and George could not rent a movie whether he “viewed” it or not. The issue here is not “principal” but principle.
Harry Truman goes down in history as the most principled and honest president who ever inhabited the White House. He had a plaque on his desk which read, “The buck stops here.” And it did. He even paid for his own postage stamps while in term. Then there was Abraham Lincoln who walked six miles to return a penny that the storekeeper overpaid him.
When Valerie was informed that there was an extra charge of $16 for the view, she could have said that she would pay the extra $16 herself and George likewise, that he would reimburse $40 for the movie. It would have been morally correct.
When I was a student in university I remember reading an essay called “The Luxury of Integrity.” Integrity was defined as adherence to ethical and moral principles and one can never experience this luxury unless one practises it, not just when others are watching, but when they are watching themselves.
- Doris Ewart, Charlottetown