An interesting one-liner stands out in "Files won’t reveal a Chappaquiddick conspiracy" (Opinion, Dan K. Thomasson, April 27): "It was simply sex."

The writer correctly opines sex was the motivation that led to the tragic death of Mary Jo Kopechne and the end of Edward Kennedy’s drive for the White House. But the statement "It was simply sex" begs a closer look.

Sex is far from simple. It is the most intimate expression of love between a husband and wife. Anything outside of this precious paradigm of passion is lust. And sex is such a force, left to lust, that it will wreck the lives of those who trifle with its intended purpose.

Sex has the same impact on society. Our lackluster look at love has reduced sex to an obsession of self-centered lust that promises the pleasure it cannot deliver. And we are all equally challenged to choose love above lust.

I can still recall the last time I had a problem with lust. It was this morning. Fortunately, I gave it back to the One who gave it to me, as a test, and He took care of it.

Lt. Col. Bo Russell (retired)Yomitan, Okinawa

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