When credit is due…

By Newark Citizen

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Congratulations are due to John Sharpe James for his decision to remove his campaign posters from an abandoned building. When informed that the posters were in violation of a city ordinance, his staff took them down.

It would be nice, of course, if all candidates for office did the right thing. But, experience cautions us not to be too optimistic. All too often, doing the right thing is something most candidates have to be shamed into. They do the right thing, the honorable thing, only when they are either forced into it or see an advantage in doing it.

In any event, candidate James did the right thing. Did he do it for the right reasons? Who knows…but at least he did it. Let us hope that more candidates for office in Newark do the right thing.

But this is Newark. And doing the right thing is not something we can expect from our potential leaders. Too bad.

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