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P.S. Sara Weaver & Forgiveness

Sara  Weaver-Balter is shown in this recent photo at Redneck Chic store, south of Kalispell, Mont.  Weaver-Balter has forgiven the federal agents who shot and killed her mother and brother 18 years ago on Idaho's Ruby Ridge. That's the message she wants to impart to the nation and especially the people who did the shooting. Story here. (AP Photo/Daily Inter Lake, Brenda Ahearn)

DFO: As someone who covered the human rights half of the Ruby Ridge saga -- I was at St. Pius X Catholic Church when Bill Wassmuth & other task force leaders announced that Sammy Weaver was dead & agents had found his body -- I'm inspired by this story. Sara Weaver-Balter's act of forgiving the federal agents who killed her mother and her brother is one of the great act's of God's grace that I've seen. I'm rerunning this story, so I can ask this question:

Question: Is it important for good mental health to forgive others who have wronged you?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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