Here's some of the latest reader e-mail about Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky and Ken Starr.
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'Gave Starr The Green Light'
Let us not forget that it was a three-judge panel that appointed Starr
in the first place and it was the president's own attorney general (AG)
and the same three-judge panel that gave Starr the green light to
investigate the present matter.
This is the same AG who was buffeted
repeatedly by criticism from the Congress for not triggering the
independent counsel statute during the congressional campaign finance
This fact lends credibility to her decison that allows
Starr to proceed with the Lewinsky matter. We must also realize that it
was not in the best interest of Starr's investigation of the president
to have the fact that taped conversations between Lewinsky and Tripp be
made known. It would have been far more beneficical to Starr's
investigation if he was able to conduct additional surreptitious
electronic intercepts of converstions between Lewinsky, Tripp and
possibily the president. Starr would be in a much better investigate
position if all this information were not in the public domain.
-- Peter Sakaris, Omaha, Neb., Jan. 31
If it looks like a duck... quacks like a duck... it's probably a duck...
Let the chips fall where they may. I personally believe Mr. Clinton is
guilty as sin. What I want to know is this, is there a decent man or
women out there that seeks a political position without bringing all
this "dirty laundry" with them?
How does Mr. Carville look at himself in the mirror every morning knowing that he blatantly lies to the
American people? Is that what politics is all about? I thought it was
The president has disgraced himself, his family, and more importantly
the office of the President of the United States of America. We are the
laughing stock of the world. The president should be held to a higher
moral and ethical standard, not the other way around. I am disgusted.
-- Matt Hodge, Dahlonega, Ga., Jan. 31
'The Investigation Should Go On'
Yes, the investigation should go on. I don't know of anyone who doesn't
care about this matter. If President Clinton lied, he should step down from
his office. If there is a "vast conspiracy" against him as Mrs. Clinton
seems to think, why hasn't the press discovered it? It seems to
me that there is a general campaign to have this country think that no
one cares about this.
Well, we will see when it comes time to vote. I
am an independent voter and I listened to a favorite (Barry Goldwater)
say give him a chance. I thought Mr. Clinton was a bright star on the
horizon. Now, I realize that this man has lied in the past about
Gennifer Flowers on national TV ("60 Minutes"). I realize that he has a
degree of arrogance unmatched by any former president. Well, that is
enough about this from me.
-- Mary Thompson, Jan. 31
'A Higher Moral Code'
The most disturbing thing in the investigation of the president is the
lack of commitment to a higher moral code by the American people. Why
shouldn't we expect our leader to live by the same code we would expect
our friends and family to live by? The fact that he may have had an
affair is not unforgivable; however, this pattern of using women and
lying about it is. This especially in a time when we have just seen
good people lose their military careers for far less! Do we think
Clinton deserves special treatment?
-- N. Vaughan, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 31
'Starr Is Doing A Good Job'
I think Ken Starr is doing a GOOD job in getting/revealing the TRUTH.
After all, the very position he is in, the liberals created. Mr. Starr is not the one out of step, ladies and gentlemen. Bill Clinton has disgraced his office and our country. Let us ask ourselves; is all this lust a matter of one big coincidence?
-- Michael S. Biggs, Jan. 31
'Anything For A Book Deal'
I have no respect for anyone that would record a conversation that's supposed to be confidential. Mrs. Tripp knows very well she was wrong and being
distrustful. How in the world could anyone accept anything she has to
say? She will say anything for a book deal -- lie, cheat, or trick.
President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton have their problems, and certainly we
have ours. We don't know anything of these recent allegations charged
against him nor do we know how accurate they are. It is ridiculous our
government would spend $31 million for an investigation of a land
deal and we end up with President Clinton's sex life. It's incredible
Mr. Starr would stoop so low to create a witness like Mrs. Tripp, who now says she witnessed a phone call President Clinton is supposed to have made. She is incredible, and I am sure she can't be taken serious. Mr. Starr, I believe, is now grasping for garbage in the back alleys looking for anything.... This is a sad day for our country
(the greatest nation on earth) to have such a sorry, sorry story lurking in its background.
-- Valpa C. Rosa Sr., Browns Mills, N.J, Jan. 31
'The Right Wing's Doberman'
It has been clear from the start that Kenneth Starr, unlike the special
prosecutor's role in the Watergate scandal, has been an outspoken enemy
of Mr. Clinton and the Democratic administration. It is a joke to hear
Republicans piously refer to the devoutly-Republican Mr. Starr's
persecution of Mr. Clinton as an impartial investigation. Kenneth Starr
is nothing more than the right wing's Doberman. The tenor, length and so
far unproductive, yet unswayingly vicious meanderings of his to-date
empty efforts are a disgrace to this nation, far outweighing any
peccadilloes of which Mr. Clinton is accused (and may I remind everyone
that in the U.S.A. there is this little thing called presumption of
innocence which the Republicans would obviously like to dispense with).
Let's be honest here. What Mssrs. Gingrich, Lott, Armey and the rest of
their comrades attempted to do through their puppet, Mr. Starr, was
nothing less than an attempted coup d'etat against the democratically
elected president of the United States of America. The honest and free
people of this country have far, far more to fear from the intentional
undermining of democracy being brazenly carried out by the Republican
leadership, than they do of Mr. Clinton's supposed indiscretions and
supposed cover-up. This Republican undermining of American democracy has
been going on now for over five years. They keep futilely hunting for
something to bring down the President, not satisfied with the fact that,
despite having the most successful campaign contribution-generating
machine in this country, they were defeated at the polls. So they resort
to tactics that would make any garden-variety dictator (Soviet or Nazi)
proud. Americans must immediately rally to Mr. Clinton's defense if they
wish to protect their country's democratic institutions. If the
president of this country can be ousted by a blatantly
opposition-oriented, all powerful inquisitor who is free to
"investigate" anything and everything he wants, over and over, ad
infinitum, ad nauseam regardless of his original mission, so long as it
is a means to the toppling of the president, then democracy is dead in
America. We all should be very, very afraid of what America would look
like if these extremists can so easily and effectively depose and
dispose of their most powerful political opponent....
-- David Deutsch, Livingston, Calif., Jan. 31
Perhaps American journalists should step outside their centre of the
universe and see life from the real world. In the real world we deal in
facts -- not conjecture, personal agendas, career paths, naivete, money
etc. -- but actual facts. So the fact that presidents and a lot of mere
mortals have and continue to commit all manner of crimes, and that they've been doing it and getting away with it for centuries really don't justify the current media frenzy concerning Clinton. This is happening in America -- a country where logic, the law and common sense seldom meet...
-- Clive Sheridan, Auckland, New Zealand, Jan. 31
'Who Cares If He Had Affairs?'
I am American living in Beirut and I am ashamed at the way the press and
the people of the United States are reacting to this scandal.
First, when other countries hear that we are concentrating on whether
Clinton had an affair or not, we endanger not only the image of America but also our national security. It is very difficult for our government to negotiate or influence national issues when other countries wonder if
the president is even going to be there next week!
Second it is not abnormal for men, women, nor government officials to
have affairs. It has been going on since the beginning of time. Do CEO's
of great companies get fired because they slept with their co-workers?
Who cares if he had affairs? If Hillary can deal with it, why can't we!
The American people should wake up and realize we have a great
economy. Asia is in a crisis and it is a great time to influence them
towards democracy and open markets; Saddam is manufacturing chemical
weapons that he will drop on the U.S. and his neighbors; the Pope just
left Cuba, great time to influence Cuba. Russia has nuclear weapons
that certain radicals would like to point towards the U.S.; the peace
agreement in the Middle East is falling apart; Europe is uniting -- and
all these issues are far more important than if Clinton had sex in the
The American people should concentrate on their own personal morals and
let the man protect us and do his job!
-- Nori Zoghzoghi, Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 31
'A Little Ticked'
I've never felt particularly compelled to post anything like this before but, I'm a little ticked.
Leave the president alone. He's obviously getting his job done. I guess
my fellow Republicans have to focus America's attention on something, so
they have to get off the topic of the "business of America" and get slimy and
unethical, hurling allegations that, to date, seem the unfounded ramblings of an
insecure intern desperate to be a person of importance.
I don't give a damn
about the president's personal sexual habits. For all I care he can dance
around the Oval Office in women's underwear singing the national anthem in
falsetto while receiving sexual favors from overseas tourists that are taking
It sickens me to hear those pitiable, self-righteous, immature, snobs
crying about how they are shocked and offended. One particularly moronic
politician made reference to his distaste for the situation at hand because we
"are trying to raise children."
Oh, for shame, that your children might have
to listen to the fruits of your own smear campaign! If you are so afraid of
what your children are exposed to, conduct your own affairs in a more
The president of the United States is a position that shall
always be held by a human being that is flawed and fallible. I'm no great
theologian but didn't the only perfect man born to this world once say, "Let him
that is without sin cast the first stone"? All of you who are outraged, be
outraged at your own sins and leave Bill Clinton's alone. You have enough on
your own plate.
-- David A. Rosselott, Jan. 31
'Aghast At The Reportage'
As an Oregonian (the home of Packwood), I am no stranger to the idea
that a sex scandal can bring down an elected official. I have, however,
been just simply aghast at the reportage that has passed for journalism
over the last 10 days regarding this current scandal.
I have heard all
of the instantaneous fast-breaking factoids passing as new revelations;
frequently these breathless news reports have been based on information
that has subsequently proven to be false.
The lesson that we all can draw from this is not so much that we are afflicted with a national leader whose affinity for scandal rivals his affinity for Big Mac's, but
that we are also afflicted with a free press (one of the cornerstones of
democracy) that has lost its own bearing and is populated not with
earnest, objective seekers of truth but by prime-time wannabe's who seek
fame, fortune, and ratings by spurring on a constitutional crisis that
is in some part of their own making.
After enduring the better part of
a week of watching (or trying to avoid) the bus-loads of talking head
media pundits talking primarily amongst themselves about the import of
the current events (nothing like listing to Ms. Huffington, the Rosanna
Rosannadanna of political thought, share HER views with us, by golly!),
now we are being treated to the same select privileged insiders trying
to fathom why the plebeian groundling unwashed masses are rejecting their instantaneous revelations and insightful commentary.
WE understand that
the Pope's visit to Cuba is important. WE understand that new rounds of
layoffs at major firms represent an unstated threat to all of us. WE
understand that there is a burgeoning risk of conflict in the Middle
East that may result in death to humans, be they Iraqi or American. We
are by and large just a bit more sophisticated than the pundits and
news-shapers inside the Beltway give us credit for and we are tired of
the single-minded focus of the media on an issue that has no relevance
to the government as an entity, the nation that this government serves,
or the world in which this nation plays a role as a leading power.
-- Ken Kittrell, Chemult, Ore., Jan. 31
'My Job Is To Keep MY Husband At Home'
Let's get on with life! We have a world which needs our attention.
This is ridiculous. My job is to keep MY husband at home. Who else is
screwing whom is of no interest to me. Wouldn't life be much simpler if
Monica simply said she told the truth in the affidavit. She would be
better off, Clinton would be better off, the country would be better
off. Only the far right would have apoplexy, and Starr would fold his
tent and creep away, finally.
-- Barbara Stevelman, Crompond, N.Y., Jan. 31
'Keep Up The Close Coverage, Please'
I want to know if the president has committed perjury or obstruction of justice. Keep up the close coverage, please.
-- Tom Wills, Jan. 30
'This Is NOT A Witch Hunt'
I applaud the efforts of the news media to provide all relevant
information about the Clinton scandal. You have a right and a duty to
provide us, the public, with the information we need and desire to form
our own opinions.
You have been doing a fine job so far. Please keep it going! This is
NOT a witch hunt. You are providing a public service.
I check out CNN every evening for the latest news. Also, Larry King is
-- Cheryl Williams, Pittsburgh, Pa., Jan. 30