The Dec. 28 editorial “Mr. Northam’s rehabilitation” was spot on. While many perhaps reflexively called for the governor to resign after viewing the photograph allegedly showing him in blackface, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) resisted, quietly dedicating himself to acts showing real contrition and understanding. Perhaps this can remind us to slow down the reactions to perceived insults, political or otherwise, to consider a person’s lifetime of actions and his or her apology and its sincerity and to judge whether the individual deserves a chance to make things right and show his true character.

I am glad, in this case, that cooler heads prevailed. This is a worthwhile lesson.

Michael P. Fruitman, Ashburn

I was troubled by the Dec. 28 editorial “Mr. Northam’s rehabilitation.” One thing that hasn’t been mentioned negates much of the good Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has done: Union Hill.

Union Hill is a historic African American community started by formerly enslaved people. Dominion Energy is determined to use it as the site of a huge compressor station connected with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Mr. Northam removed members of a state board who spoke out against this proposal, which has many harmful elements and is not well thought out, and he refuses to respond to constituents who have worked hard to change the plans.

Unless Mr. Northam puts a stop to Dominion Energy’s plans and prevents the ensuing environmental poverty and racism, he has a long way to go to atone for the problems around his yearbook photos.

Linda Goldstein, Charlottesville