Sylvia Boorstein once said that the nine most important words in the English language are: "I'm sorry, I made a mistake, please forgive me" ("With a Whimper," Nov. 30). It is now clear that the Board of Supervisors made a colossal blunder in hiring David Marcus as the chief public defender. They owe the deputy defenders and the people of Humboldt an apology. Such an apology would go a long way toward helping the Public Defenders Office heal and move forward after a deeply troubling time.
Marilyn Andrews, Arcata