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May 12, 2013

A story too baffling to be true

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NORMAN —

Another too ooey-gooey-good-to-be-true story involved the guy credited with rescuing the three women imprisoned for 10 years in a house in Cleveland, held in restraints while they were constantly raped and otherwise abused. One of the neighbors who finally freed them, Charles Ramsey, made such a hit with his televised descriptions that he became an instant celebrity. Alas, he is not the quintessential hero. It seems Mr. Ramsey has a criminal record, including convictions for domestic violence. Still, even his former wife says he’s a changed man, and he did help free the three from their tortuous captivity, so it’s possible that Ramsey may end up symbolizing the power of redemption.

He can join Mark Sanford in that recovery ward. He’s Congressman Sanford again, returning to politics after his embarrassing downfall as Gov. Sanford two years ago. Everybody remembers the humiliation of getting caught when he told everyone how he’d be out “hiking the Appalachian Trail,” when he had actually snuck away to Buenos Aires to be in the arms of his Argentine lover. His wife at the time was not amused. They divorced, and Sanford’s “hike” became a national joke. Still, the voters in his South Carolina district elected him to head to Washington. Apparently, they feel he’s served his time in rehab. Either that or they preferred his arch-conservatism -- at least fiscally, if not physically -- over sending a hated Democrat. So he’s back in the nation’s capital, which, by the way, isn’t all that far from the Appalachian Trail. He’s taught a valuable lesson to everyone, which is to come up with some other euphemism for fooling around.

His story is relatively straightforward, as compared with the unspeakable horror of the three women in Cleveland and the contemptible battery against thousands in the military. Too many in that male-dominated culture have considered such offenses routine. In its own way, that’s the worst.

(c) 2013 Bob Franken Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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