"I'm sorry; I apologize." How often we hear this after someone has sullied or destroyed another's reputation or standing in the public eye. I believe this is intentional, and the apology is less than sincere.
"You are a bigot," or a racist or whatever comes easily out of our mouths, especially to those we disagree with. Then when the damage is done and nobody is listening, we put forward an apology.
Example: Joy Behar, co-host on ABC's "The View," calls out Vice President Mike Pence for his religious faith. Then in an almost inaudible sound bite, she backs off.
President Abraham Lincoln once said, "Truth is the best vindication of slander." So let us all think of the consequences of our words before we utter falsehoods against our neighbor. Save the apology for when we truly make an offensive statement.
Michael Millikin, Valparaiso