Then-White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, left, and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly walk across the South Lawn of the White House on Aug. 4, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

As a liberal Democrat, I don’t think the poor are lazy, shiftless and unmotivated. They’re just poor. I don’t think people who flee for their lives from Latin or South American countries are murderers, rapists and drug lords. They only want to feel safe and free. That said, I do wonder whether justice was served by the “resignation” of Rob Porter [“Trump aide to exit after ex-wives allege abuse,” front page. Feb. 8].

While many of us may have exhibited a healthy dose of skepticism when White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly stated that he was “shocked” by the allegations of physical and mental abuse by Mr. Porter toward his ex-wives, my response is “So what if Mr. Kelly knew all along? What difference does it make?” Certainly, if the main concern was Mr. Porter’s vulnerability to blackmail, that threat has pretty much run its course.

I do not condone Mr. Porter’s behavior, but I believe such behavior is a matter best settled between him and those he allegedly abused rather than the world at large. With the blackmail issue behind him, he should be allowed to earn a living. As Jennie Willoughby, one of Mr. Porter’s ex-wives, put it: “I definitely want him in the White House and the position he is in. I think his integrity and ability to do his job is impeccable.” It is unfortunate that such will not be the case.

Craig M. Miller, Leland, N.C.