Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 3, 2012

Why do women stand for such awful men?

Most men _ and you know who you are _ are not to be trusted.

This is, of course, a given, an indisputable fact, as any woman would tell you if you bothered to ask.

Give a fellow the least opportunity to do something incredibly stupid, tawdry, dishonest or otherwise inappropriate, and he'll roll up his sleeves, spit on his hands and get right down to it _ all the while deluding himself into thinking he'll get away with it ... somehow.

Being a card-carrying member of the gender, I have no problem relating to the basic premise that men _ particularly prominent ones _ are basically swine.

But women married to those guys remain a mystery, particularly those who adhere to the philosophy of the late Tammy Wynette, who sang and co-wrote the 1968 country hit, "Stand By Your Man."

Despite their husbands doing the most despicable things, you keep seeing these women standing by their men ... sometimes in front of a jury.

I hasten to add that I am not married to one of those women. My wife would leave me if I left the toilet seat up.

The latest example of inexplicable loyalty is 69-year-old Dottie Sandusky, whose husband, Jerry, used his position as a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State University to sexually abuse children. He was convicted June 22 on 45 counts of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

The evidence was so overwhelming that Dottie had to know her husband was guilty of these indefensible and heinous acts on vulnerable boys. The Sanduskys' adopted son, Matt, even came forward and said Jerry Sandusky had abused him, too.

And yet, there she was during the trial, smiling at that evil man, encouraging him and winking at him in the courtroom.

On June 19, former baseball pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty on charges of lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. Even after the verdict, there are few knowledgeable baseball people outside of that jury room who dispute that Clemens did steroids.

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