Letter: No obligation to disclose private issue

Bill de Blasio is joined by his wife Bill de Blasio is joined by his wife Chirlane McCray, son Dante, and daughter Chiara to blow kisses to audience members after taking the oath of office becoming the109th Mayor of New York City during a ceremony outside of City Hall in Manhattan on Jan. 1, 2014. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

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A letter writer feels that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter should have revealed her very private battle with depression and substance abuse during his campaign instead of afterward ["Daughter's confession and campaigning," Jan. 3].

Seriously? A private family matter needs to be disclosed to prove that you are capable of running the city? Why is this relevant?

Family health, sexual orientation and financial concerns do not reflect the skill or integrity of any person. That the mayor's daughter chose to reveal her private battle should only empower those also affected, showing that they are not alone in their quest for relief. Isolation serves no one.

Beth Littman Josephson, Merrick

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