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Letters to the Editor

October 12, 1998

Out with Ken Starr's witch hunt

To the editor:

Enough is enough!

We the people of the United States of America did not elect, nor did we ask for the creation of a fourth branch of government, whose sole purpose was to cripple the workings of the executive office. We do not want the private life of our president held up of public ridicule and condemnation, nor will we tolerate such a drastic violation of the principles of American freedom.

The authors of our Constitution would be horrified at the judicial abuses that our president has been subjected to. This tawdry and ignoble business does not serve either the needs or the goals of the American people.

Yes, our president has made a grievous error in judgment. We do not deny that - nor do we deny our disgust, our anger and our embarrassment at his behavior. Nevertheless, a mistake in one branch of government does not justify a much more serious mistake by any other branch. Our Congress has abandoned the principle of fairness. Every American accused of wrong-doing is entitled to due process in a proper court of law. To deny this to an American president is an intolerable wrong in a nation committed to justice.

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Whatever errors the president may have made, his public humiliation has been punishment enough. For this congress to speak of impeachment, or even censure is to pursue a useless course of vengeful partisan politics at the expense of the nation's well-being. For many of our congressmen to speak of impeachment or censure is an act of shameless hypocrisy, as their own histories of ethical and moral lapses have been repeatedly demonstrated.

We cannot afford, nor will we sanction in our name, any more damage to the economic, political and spiritual health of this nation. We will gain nothing useful from this circus. Instead, we will do irreparable damage to our nation. What is at stake here is nothing less than the principles of freedom that generations of our best young men have given their lives to preserve.

Therefore:

We the people hereby withdraw our support for any office-holder who seeks to further this public inquisition and the paralysis of our government.

We will not support, nor will we return to office any candidate who does not put the people's business first.

Likewise, we the people will hold our news media responsible for serving the nation's best interests. We will not buy, nor will we support any newspaper, magazine, or TV news show which continues to practice tabloid journalism at the expense of the more important business of the nation. We will not buy the products of any advertisers who place ads in such newspapers or TV news shows.

We the people demand that our news media get their attention out of the gutter. We the people demand that our elected leaders return to the serious business of the nation. We the people demand an end to this now.

Nieltje Gedney

Hedgesville, W.Va.

Good tunes at WAMU

To the editor:

Many thanks goes to the radio station WAMU, Washington, D.C., for its designated time periods for the musical content. We can be especially grateful for their choice to bring and keep for us of the older generation an enjoyable sound that made up the melodies of the years of '40s and '50s.

Those great songs were sung by people who had a great resonant voices that were distinguishable from one another and could be enjoyed and recognized by all.

That certainly sets them apart from the so-called musicians of today. Those songs were from voices that blended into the harmonious components that made the formation of a good enjoyable sound.

Those songs that were sung of broken hearts were far better than the ones that give us headaches today.

Arthur P. Keifer

Boonsboro

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