I read the Deseret Morning News editorial "Don't let Spitzer off the hook" (March 12). I was very relieved that Eliot Spitzer resigned the governorship of the state of New York. He tarnished an office once held by Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. All elected officials take an oath of office in which they explicitly promise to do the job faithfully and not betray the public trust. Implicitly, they promise a higher standard.

While politicians are mortal men, they should act as if they have no private life during their term. If such men need to succumb to their vices, they should simply resign their office promptly. Bill Clinton should have resigned rather than lie under oath; Larry Craig should have resigned rather than play games with his "wide stance" with the press. Public confidence has eroded due to politicians breaking laws and evading prosecution.

James A. Marples