New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez held her annual holiday party at a Santa Fe hotel on Friday, December 18. Several complaints were called into the Santa Fe Police Department. Governor Martinez was heard on the police dispatch tapes downplaying the disturbance. She said that there was no need for the police to come, and that the complaints were completely exaggerated. But they weren't. Complaints of someone from her staff throwing snowballs from the balcony were true. The governor was unaware that many in her staff were being too loud and behaving in a way you do when you have had too much to drink. Uh-oh!
Once this all came to light, Governor Martinez gave a complete apology, saying, "I want to apologize for the conduct of my staff." She continued, "None of that should have happened and I was not aware of the extent of the behavior... and that behavior is not acceptable." She also said that she should not have tried to stop the police from responding and that she was wrong in some things she said. Many politicians try to hide or distort the facts as Governor Martinez did. But unlike most who then try to deflect the blame, she didn't; she sincerely apologized. Too many times, people won't accept blame; they just give half-hearted apologies. You know... "If I have offended anyone, blah, blah, blah."
Colton Southern, a 7th grader near Houston, Texas, got in trouble this December. He is a model student, Boy Scout, active church member, and community volunteer. So, what was the problem? A school official told him he could not wear a "Star Wars" shirt and that he would have to cover it up immediately. Colton's dad, Joe, was furious, saying, "It's political correctness run amok!" Amen! What's next?! Banning kids from seeing the Star Wars movie?! Will his shirt offend any of the kids or turn someone to violence? Of course not!!