Way to go, South Carolina — lots of good ads on why you should not drive drunk, and recently we see how many people actually live by these simple responsible rules.

First we have the sheriff of Berkeley County charged with drunk driving and hit and run. Then the chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster was charged with driving drunk and going the wrong way on a divided street.

The sheriff resigned his position. The chief of staff, who Mr. McMaster called a “professional and a man of integrity and honor,” has apologized and is back in his over $100,000 position.

There is no excuse for any of this. Higher standards of conduct are expected from high-profile, responsible officials. Am I supposed to respect these people and the people who excuse them?

If it is good for the poor old electorate goose, it surely should be good enough for the higher echelon gander.

Seymour Rosenthal

Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant