Being of sound moral principle; uprightness, honesty, and sincerity- thus goes one definition of integrity in the Webster’s New World Dictionary.
My last post mentioned the importance of this quality in the case of the murder of Stacey Burns but that was in passing. Let us address this issue in and of itself.
Obviously, there is one person lacking this quality- the murderer. We know he/she has no moral principles, no moral compass, and clearly is an evil person by any definition of the word; in other words, this person has no integrity. This is a given.
More bothersome in many ways are others in this case that we all believe should exhibit this quality in copious amounts. Everyone involved in the official investigation certainly is of sound moral principle and can be held up to the mirrors of uprightness, honesty, and sincerity. This should be a given.
Any media person, including this writer, should be held to the highest standards of integrity. If the truth is ever to be discovered, this is a given.
Any person who has some other connection, whether family, friends, acquaintance, or community member, should also possess this quality when they share information about the murder or about events surrounding the murder.
Without integrity, this cause is lost. On the other hand, if everyone demonstrated the true meaning of integrity, maybe there would be some small hope that there would be a resolution.
By the way, five years, five months and eleven days ago, Stacey Burns was killed. Once again I ask, are we any closer now to arresting her killer than we were then?
Ask your local investigator. It is a valid question which I’d almost guarantee will not be answered.