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Standing Up And Stepping Down

I want to thank Ron Loui for his eye-opening column ["A Tragedy With A Difference," Oct. 21]. He well makes the case that President Charles M. Vest should provide a public apology and offer to be removed from his position to atone for his part in the alcohol-related death of Scott S. Krueger '01. The wisdom in his words becomes clear by examining the same high-minded approach as it may be applied to both larger and smaller organizations.

Last week, in the city of Boston, a woman was killed by her husband after a long history of abuse. I think it is fair to point out that Mayor Menino has been made aware that Boston is a city in which spousal abuse occurs. (Five years ago there was a report commissioned to study the issue.) Nonetheless, what has Menino done in light of last week's tragedy? Answer: He proposed a new program of "awareness" about the issue. Clearly this is too little too late. Like MIT, the city of Boston has not cared enough about its citizens to create a healthy environment. Like MIT, Boston has blood on its hands, and like Vest, Menino should step down.

Last month in Denver, a vibrant 17-year-old man, still living at home with his parents, died tragically in a car accident after drinking too much. His parents were aware of the problem, yet they did not care enough about their son to create a healthy environment for him. They should apologize and step down. They need to let someone else, someone with more moral conviction, someone more pro-actively caring, to parent their remaining children. It is the right thing to do.

Come to think of it, Bill Clinton is aware of the violence, poverty, theft, rape, and disease in America, and yet he lets these problems continue unabated. Sure, he tosses out a few programs here and there, but basically the man has blood on his hands. He should step down and apologize.

I think Loui is on to something. I propose that as long as problems exist in our society, whoever is in charge should take responsibility and step down. What a wonderful world it would be.

David Levy '97