With the passing of Sen. John McCain, our nation has lost one of its rarest elected leaders, a person whose integrity motivated him to place country, his fellow citizens and the truth first, not just when it is advantageous or convenient. A classic McCain example came when he was running for president in 2008. At one of his campaign rallies he stopped a woman midstatement from publicly spreading a popular falsehood degrading his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama. After he reclaimed the microphone from her, he immediately set the record straight and even praised his opponent. It makes me wonder where our nation would be as a world leader if we had someone with McCain’s strength of character and integrity as president instead of the narcissistic, morally corrupt individual we currently have.

Craig Weir, Millcreek