Monday, December 11, 2006

And the hits just keep on coming for Mark Olson

Another letter in the SC Times calling for his resignation.

Letter: Olson must do right thing — resign from Legislature
By Amy Howard, Princeton

I have been agonizing over a recent issue in the news and I wish to express my support to Heidi Olson, wife of Rep. Mark Olson from District 16B.

I grew up in a family where my mother was abused. I know how many times the phone call for help was never made. I also know life is brief. It's too brief to stay in a situation where life is not safe and fear is the norm.

My mother did finally leave, was diagnosed with cancer shortly after and died within the year.

Children like myself still are so deeply affected after witnessing or feeling the strain that abuse, even if hidden, causes in a home.

I commend Heidi Olson for putting herself and her children's needs first. I am sure it was a very difficult decision for her knowing that her husband's career may be at stake.

However, as for anyone who abuses, including elected officials, Mark Olson is responsible for his own horrendous actions. He needs to do what is right — step down. Show others that he is willing to accept and be an example to all of those living in abusive relationships.

He needs to use his time to improve himself and heal his family. The first step in recovering is admitting there is a problem.

Heidi deserves thanks for her courage and should know that she not only made a difference in her life and her children's lives, but to all of us who unfortunately need to be reminded that life is brief.

Perhaps you have figured out by now...I agree, he should resign and get help.

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