More Lewinsky Letters
We're still getting a steady stream of letters about the grand jury inquiry into President Bill Clinton and whether he had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Here's the latest, and if you'd like to comment on the news of the day, send us e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
'Abused Its Power From the Get-go'
The whole issue has now become "Starr is out of control" and not "Clinton and cronies are out of control."
Any informed person can see that this administration has abused its power from
the get-go. Those who remember the antics of Gov. Clinton can see a clear
pattern of lying, obstruction of justice, and illegal financial dealings. The
bimbo part was never a sticking issue, note two elections as president, but I think if the American people would concentrate on the big picture and not the damage-control spin they would see a person with whom they should not entrust their lunch money (or their daughter).
Now they've brought their act to Washington.
-- Jeff Strunk, Erie, Pa., March 2
'A Human Punching Bag'
The reason Ken Starr's favorability ratings are so low is because of a
systematic propaganda machine coming out of the White House. Starr has no way
to respond. He is in effect a human punching bag. The first hint of a response
brings only more attacks. James Carville said on "Meet The Press" Sunday that his
objective is to so discredit Starr that any report he issues will be seen only
as partisan and totally rejected. This sounds to me to be obstruction of
justice. Where are the Republicans' defense of Starr? Their silence is as
contemptible as the hysterical propaganda coming from the White House.
-- Paul Messersmith, New Orleans, La., March 2
'Trample All Over The First Amendment'
I have watched Starr in the last couple of weeks trample all over
the First Amendment and to my dismay, not a word of concern from Janet
Reno's office. What is she waiting for? This man is completely out of
control and needs to be reined in or better, sent off to the cushy job
promised him for persecution, not prosecution of the president. Sens.
Helms, Faircloth and their good buddy, Judge Sentelle, ought to stop this
charade and quit spending taxpayers' money on this vendetta.
-- Paul Lewis, Ayer, Mass., March 2
'Not The Rocket Scientist Category'
Am sure the loud, vocal critics of Ken Starr's tactics really do not believe
all this stuff they are saying. Most must be fairly smart people or they
would not be where they are at. Any smart person has to admire Ken Starr for
doing a very good job. If he was not doing a good job you would not hear all
this phony criticism. Is rather obvious from all the call-in and talk show participants that the only ones who truly believe all these criticisms are not the rocket scientist category.
-- Jim Ruppelt, Naples, Fla., March 2
'A Mockery Of Our Legal System'
For the first time in my long life, Kenneth Starr has frightened me about
the future of our courts and Constitution, our civil rights being
trampled on, witnesses being harassed and forced to incur huge legal
expenses, and young people who might have wanted to be of service to this
government, will not want to do so because of the abuses exposed by
Starr. History will not be written for fear of being hauled in for
Starr has made a mockery of our legal system and made us a laughing stock
before the rest of the world.
-- Sydelle Zabow, Elizabeth, N.J., March 2
'Doing His Job'
My opinion, as an attorney who has dealt with prosecutors for many
years, is that Starr is doing his job and Clinton is obstructing him
from performing that job by attempting to investigate Starr and his
staff, and by going to the press with false and libelous statements.
-- Phil Trovillo, Ocala, Fla., March 1
It is a sure bet that the Clinton Protection Ring (CPR) is now working
on a strategy to keep Vernon Jordon from talking too much. I would not
be surprised if Clinton does not admit the whole affair with Monica,
just to keep attention off Jordon. I suspect Jordon is mortally
dangerous to this administration.
-- Russ Prather, Indian Trail, N.C., March 1
'Get On To Something Important!'
Get on to something important!
-- Tim Stone, White Salmon, Wash., March 1
'Scared To Death'
From all the news reports I see and hear I would say the president and
the other people in the White House are scared to death. They must
believe Mr. Starr has a ton of evidence and are attacking him to make
him look like the bad guy. The White House pit bulls should view the
videos of themselves saying the things they do and they would see how
stupid they look. It is a darn shame that the president has to resort to
this kind of behavior. He did say that his administration would be the
most ethical administration ever. Some quote, huh! Wait and see. Mr.
Starr is no dummy.
-- Terry Forbes, Campton, N.H., March 1
'Doing What He Was Hired To Do'
Ken Starr is doing what he was hired to do and he is doing it in the guide
lines of the law. Lawrence Walsh used the same guidelines and no one
complained about his subpoenaing Oliver North's wife, so what is the problem
with calling on Monica's mother for a little information?
Any Republican who is complaining about Starr going too far must have
skeletons in the closet and should resign from office.
Asking Starr to quit or back off would be like asking a prosecutor to
back off when he found the evidence to convict a murderer!
-- Bob Schieve, Sedona, Ariz., March 1
We should all be outraged that the White House is orchestrating an
all-out attack on Ken Starr rather than allowing him to complete his
work in a timely fashion. We will have ample time to "vent our
spleens" after digesting the final results of the investigation.
-- Rick Mease, Grants Pass, Ore., March 1
'Hide Behind Executive Privilege'
I think that your country would be better served by a president that
doesn't have to hide behind executive privilege and use private
investigators to dig up dirt on his detractors! The idea that anyone
in your country would be more concerned about the tactics of the
independent counsel than the behavior of your president is astounding!
-- Iain Brown, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, March 1
'Every Penny Spent'
Ken Starr is doing the job we are paying him to do. Every penny spent
is well worth it!
-- Ronda Miller, Elizabethtown, Pa., March 1
'Sit Down And Shut Up'
people forget one salient point when it comes to the attack on Ken Starr by
Clinton's minions. Before Starr makes any move in his investigation, he has
to get the permission of the three-judge panel as well as Attorney General
Janet Reno. I understand that one of the judges on that panel was even
appointed by a Democratic president. Any one of those people could put the
brakes on any one of Starr's requests at any time. So far, they haven't.
Clinton's supporters contend Starr is an autocrat with the power to do
anything he wants, anytime he wants, without any accountability. But like
just about everyone else in this world, he has a boss to answer to.
My main point is this: If Ken Starr were over-stepping his bounds, there are
a host of people who could step in and stop him. Since no one has, the
Clintonoids should sit down and shut up until solid proof to the contrary comes to light.
-- Lee Groves, Friendly, W. Va., March 1
'Dig Up Dirt'
The real waste of taxpayer money is the use of investigators by the White House
to dig up dirt on the special prosecutor. Like it or not, Starr has a legal
responsibility to carry out a mandate for him to complete the investigation of suspected corruption in the Clinton Administration. He did not create the
situation. Conversely, please tell me on whose or what authority the Clinton
gang relies to use taxpayer dollars in an effort to derail and interfere with
the special prosecutor's work.
-- Norman W. White, Madison, W. Va., March 1
'An All-time Low'
I believe that Clinton has taken the position he occupies as president
of the U.S.A. to an all-time low. If CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, etc. pursue this intern issue with the same vigor that they have done to others in public office (such as Hart), then I believe Clinton will have to come
However, if the media (including TV) gives a pass, then Clinton
will remain with us for three more years and will likely run again for the
office when he can. Starr is only doing his job, though I think that
having Blumenthal to testify was a mistake!! Can you imagine what the
media and the Democrats would have said if Reagan or any of the
Republican presidents would have used private investigators to dig up
dirt on the opposition?
-- E. R. Ramirez, Port Isabel, Texas, March 1
'White House Political Hacks'
In regards to the dog-and-cat fight going on over the numerous scandals of the
present occupants of the White House, Ken Starr is a lawyer doing the job he
was appointed to do. Bill and Hillary are lawyers; everyone the media has had
on all the news shows are lawyers. Many people think all lawyers are
shysters. What's going on? Let Starr gather the evidence in peace, present the
evidence to the Judiciary Committee and there the decision will be made. This
needless speculation over conspiracy and Starr being out of control is such an
obvious smear campaign by White House political hacks that the public is
becoming very tired of it.
-- Bruce Hiott Sr., Adkins, Texas, March 1
'His Own Web Of Continuous Lies'
I believe Mr. Clinton is caught in his own web of continuous lies and coverups. This time when Jordan testifies he will know what is like to turn on a friend as he has done so many times in the past.
Mr. Starr may not be perfect, but remember, Mr. Clinton could fire him at
any time, but if he did, who would he have as a scapegoat for all the leaks
coming out of The White House? The Slickmiester has met his match.
God save us if Al Gore becomes president.
-- Manny Pinares, Carol Stream, Ill., March 1
'A Sociopathic Liar'
Bill Clinton is a sociopathic liar. The Gennifer Flowers incident proves it.
He says he cares about innocent children when it's expedient to do so, and
supports partial birth abortion the next. He came out as the champion of
health reform in his first campaign, and has supported various other socialist-leaning causes since, but when the polls support a strong right-wing agenda,
such as in the last presidential campaign, he turns tail in the other
direction in support of the agenda his ideas opposed.
What does Bill Clinton stand for? Getting power, keeping power and looking
good. Most of all, the only consistent thing he has stood for is Bill
Clinton. The Monica Lewinsky issue -- enough of an issue to request his resignation in my mind for its immorality and abuse of power and position -- is simply another example of how twisted this White House is.
When you're accused, demonize your accuser, whether it's "That woman, Miss Lewinsky," or Ken Starr who should be considered a hero by the American people for going after
the truth. Most lawyers are trained to win at all costs, without
consideration of what is true or moral. The American people need to see the
truth about the president and support those helping to find out what that is.
I don't know who's less trustworthy: Saddam or Bill? I know I can expect
them both to lie and do so convincingly.
Character does matter. That's the meaning of the Lewinsky scandal.
-- Forrest Messenger, Seattle, Wash., March 1
'A Political Comedy'
It is disgraceful. What started off as a legitimate investigation into an
alleged criminal wrongdoing by the president that should be settled in a court of
law is now being twisted and turned into a political comedy by mercenary White
House spin doctors. Starr is doing his job well as an officer of the court. He
is not there to do political battle. But he is being dragged through the mud by
people who hope the shameful episode can just go away by making it look murky.
Clinton is as guilty with Monica Lewinsky as he was with Gennifer Flowers. Poor
man has a sex problem that makes him a congenital liar. But that does not
exonerate him from his guilt of lying to the American people. Ginsburg is a
cunning cookie. He has his eyes on history instead of on the interest of his
own client. He is defending the president, not his client. By antagonizing
Starr, he is subtly turning Starr's gun away from Clinton to Monica. Poor
Monica looks like she's on her way to jail now.
-- J.K. Lee, Penang, Malaysia, Feb. 27