You should vote according to your moral compass

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Judge Roy Moore of Alabama, the Republican nominee for U. S. Senate, is accused of sexual improprieties with minors. Kay Ivey, Alabama's Republican governor, is inclined to believe Moore's accusers; yet, she plans to vote for Moore. Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota admits to kissing and groping a woman without her permission.

The Nov. 19 episode of MSNBC's Kassie DC characterized these incidents as examples of a "culture of sexual harassment on the hill."

Uninvited sexual contact, demeaning behavior, threats and bullying are examples of unacceptable behavior that should not be sanctioned whether one is a Democrat, Independent or Republican. Further, using power to intimidate interns is reprehensible as is threatening to block career advancements if uninvited sexual behavior is reported.

Those members of clergy who have accepted the responsibility to lead their flocks, yet who make excuses for sexual perpetrators, or worse, who remain silent, have lost the moral authority to lead. Hypocrisy is hypocrisy no matter how one tries to dress it up.

I will think, decide and vote according to the dictates of my moral compass.

To restore humanity, common sense and decency, each of us must take responsibility for our decisions, our behavior and our votes.

For the well-being of our youth, it is incumbent upon each of us to live exemplary lives as we teach young people to respect other human beings.

Women must not be viewed as mere sex objects. Women should not measure their value by tainted standards of sexuality so frequently depicted by reality TV and other negative media images. To borrow Mika Brzezinski's phrase, "women must know their worth."

BEVERLY DIANE FRIERSON

Columbia