President Clinton never had a right to lie to the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 20, 1998

President Clinton never had a right to lie to the nation

William J. Clinton should have a personal life, all to his own and his family. The president of the United States should not lie to the American people.

More importantly, if perjury is found not punishable, our whole judicial process will fail. The oath would mean nothing and the truth or a lie would be of no consequence.

Where will we go from here? How will we ever have justice?

William Downs Sr.

Baltimore

The only person whom Mr. Clinton did not apologize to is Monica Lewinsky. Because he did not tell the truth the first time around, seven months ago, that woman has been put through the wringer.

If Mr. Clinton had told the truth, Ms. Lewinsky would have faded quickly away. Instead, we have had seven months of Monica-bashing, and her life will never be the same.

She deserves an apology.

Diane Olsen

Parkville

Although many feel the president is only a man and we should not pry into his personal life, he asked to be put in this position as the most visible person in the free world.

The president of the United States should represent everything about our country. Is this how we want other countries to view us?

When he asked to become president, he knew he would be under a microscope. He knew he should be above reproach. He should be held responsible.

Wasn't it he who in 1974 declared that ''any president who would lie to his people should resign."?

Steve Gray

Glenwood

Let's get one thing straight. Bill Clinton did not mislead people about Monica Lewinsky; he lied. There is no gray area there; he lied outright.

I'm so tired of hearing polls that show most Americans don't care and think he should be left alone. If Bill Clinton can't uphold the most holy covenant to his wife and then lies after he gets caught, how are we supposed to respect him?

I don't know what low-lifes are being polled, but call my house or anyone in my family and we will tell you that he is a disgrace to our country and he should be impeached.

Tricia Zenger

Owings Mills

Clinton's action deplorable, but he was entrapped

President Clinton's indiscretion with the opposite sex is deplorable, shows a lack of moral fiber and has brought shame and disgrace to the presidency.

However, in the matter of Monica Lewinsky, I believe he has been sand-bagged and entrapped. Why else would she have kept a dress allegedly stained by her encounter? Perhaps she wanted to save it as a memento.

James E. Haines

Baltimore

'The Sun' should endorse presidential candidates

Andrew Ratner's Opinion Commentary column ("Facts we can endorse," Aug. 10) was a well-crafted discussion on the process used by The Sun to "publish endorsements for political candidates on the editorial page."

What the article failed to mention is The Sun's long abstinence from doing the same for presidential candidates. I have already forgotten the weak rationalization for avoiding this most important of all political competitions.

Perhaps it is time to rethink this ill taken position. The Sun need only to read Mr. Ratner's article to convince it to do so -- and there are two years left to change its mind.

Howard K. Ottenstein

Baltimore

Playing doctor on TV pays better than life

Pretend "ER" doctor Anthony Edwards, just signed a contract worth about $35 million, or $400,000 an episode ("ER raises rates for docs Edwards and Wyle," Aug. 5). The real emergency physician who saves your child's life earns about $160,000 per year.

You've just got to love those American values.

Thomas Dolan

Baltimore

Student groups should not have to pay for recreation

I read the article "School groups to be billed for utilities" (Aug. 4) about Anne Arundel County student groups having to pay for utilities for after-hours use.

Local and state governments have money for new stadiums but they don't want to pay for recreation for students.

If children would have a place to participate in athletics, drama and music, we would have a decrease in crime.

Helen Dvoskin

Baltimore

First lady of fun and games taught us childhood magic

When I heard that Virginia Baker had died, I was on a recreation center playground. It was in the parks and playgrounds of this city where the feisty woman with a gentle heart taught the magic of childhood games to a generation of kids.

To meet "Aunt Ginny" or "Queenie," a Department of Recreation and Parks legend and a genuine Baltimore character was to meet a person you would never forget. I was a fresh-faced college intern at this paper when I received my first assignment to interview Ms. Baker.

She was a restless woman of a million stories, a tornado of ideas and energy and gritty charm.

Although she knew the mayors and lawmakers, the power brokers who moved money and legislation and commanded instant attention, it was the children she loved. Her heart and spirit lived with neighborhood kids of the city whom she taught to take a stretch of asphalt and, with a special sprinkle of imaagination, convert it into a wonderland.

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