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Published: Friday, Jan. 4 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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David King
Layton, UT

Out of curiosity, I did a quick internet search to see what happens to people in other professions when they are found guilty of a DUI or DWI. I read about an NBA player who was suspended for several games without pay. Another story was about a teacher and coach who resigned after being charged with a DUI. Other stories told of police officers, an FAA director, and a morning news anchor who either resigned or were let go after pleading or being found guilty of DUI/DWI. Shouldn't we hold our elected officials to the same standards of our teachers and police officers, or at least our news anchors and professional athletes? What is it about being a Senator or Congressman that makes it so hard for people to let go? In situations where people in other professions have invariably retired, resigned, or been fired, our representatives in Congress insist on remaining in the office, often forgetting that it is not their seat or position, but it belongs to the people. We won't fix many of our nations problems till we hold our Congress to a higher standard.

South Jordan, UT

Why did this happen, Senator Crapo, when you have had such an outstanding life as an LDS Church member? Why did you decide that you could start drinking? I hope you will answer that question.

Jon W.
Murray, UT

Power corrupts. Term limits can also be considered as limiting the damage done to our leaders by remaining in power overlong.

salt lake city, UT

He should resign from office. Idaho has a lot more just like him that wont't have the baggage of DUI to lug around.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Didn't another senator from Idaho get busted a few years ago for soliciting sex in an airport men's room?

Boy, Idaho, you guys sure now how to pick 'em.

PA Gardener
Towanda, PA

Resignation would be an admirable choice for Senator Crapo to restore self-respect and to restore respect from those who trusted in him.

Sacramento, CA

Please be an example and show some respect to the people you represent and resign your seat. Your crime is not unforgivable but you have disrespected your position and you have embarrassed your constituents. Be a man of integrity and worth, show us your faith means more than your ego.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

Surely you don't expect him to resign over a DUI? He's served his constituents well and will continue to do so. Give the guy a chance to fix a mistake.

Brooklyn, NY

Senator Crapo has a drinking problem. I an LDS and can truthfully say I've never had a drink. But I've made other mistakes and have other problems. Really, I think it is important to recognize that all people make mistakes -- just some are more public than others -- and I'm yet to find one person who practices what they claim to hold dear 100% of the time (even the cleanest politicians!).

Anyway, I'll leave it up to the people of Idaho to determine if he should continue to represent them. I'll leave it up to his family, friends and church associates to sort out how this will impact there lives -- I truly hope they will focus on getting him the help he needs to kick the drinking. As for me, I mostly hope that he doesn't drink again, but if he does, I hope he stays off the road. Drunk driving is a horrible thing that kills and hurts way too many people.

Mr. Bean
Ogden, UT

"Why did you decide that you could start drinking?"

He's admitting he has been drinking for some time. Makes you wonder how he related this to his Church leaders.

Sometimes it takes something like this public exposure and admitted embarrassment to wake the guy up and get him to put old nagging habits out of his life.

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