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Upon reading of Paul Deasy's ill-considered actions thirteen years ago, regarding possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, my heart sank.

I reflected on times in my young life when I made decisions that lacked maturity and well-considered forethought and by the grace that life offers, I was able to move forward.

What I appreciate is that Mr. Deasy has used that past experience to guide him going forward; to let his past mistakes and lessons clarify the person that he aspires to be, that is, to "live a life of moral character, be an example to my children and pay back my community through civil service."

I don't know Paul Deasy personally nor does he know me, but I recognize the qualities of thoughtful maturity that he demonstrates, related to issues that he addresses as a candidate for the city council. Certainly, he appears to have used his past experiences as a springboard to his higher intentions. Compassion and forgiveness have a place in our evaluation of others (as well as ourselves) and Paul Deasy should be judged on the person he has become as he seeks to serve our community.

MARK JAMES

Flagstaff

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