Jack Kelly's column "Looking Down on Palin" (July 12) was an insult to the common man (one of the more flattering definitions of the term "hoi polloi" he applied to us). When are we going to hold our leaders accountable for their behavior and stop making excuses for them? The common man who quits a job without taking another job within two weeks is called a quitter. That kind of behavior does not look good on a resume and will raise questions when the common man seeks a new job.
To equate Sarah Palin's voluntary termination of her contract to serve the people of Alaska for her full term with the resignations of Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius, Jon Huntsman and Hillary Clinton is beyond ridiculous. Those four individuals "resigned" to take positions of service to their country as appointments by the president of the United States. Ms. Palin quit, according to her various statements, to write a book, supposedly avoid lawsuits and campaign in the lower 48 for like-minded individuals. By Mr. Kelly's standards, if the "common man" receives a promotion within his company, he would be a quitter for taking the new position.
The irony is that Ms. Palin quit her job on city council when she won as mayor of Wasilla. Come on, Mr. Kelly, how else would politicians take new positions in politics?
My husband has worked without a break in employment for the past 43 years, and he served in the military in Vietnam. Don't tell me that the common man should support Ms. Palin's behavior.
DELORES (DEE) NATALE