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EFFORT TO PROTECT ORANGE OFFERS LESSON ON POLITICS

The State Legislature of Florida has passed a bill to protect the "orange" from disparagement, but it is permissible to disparage the president of the United States.

A recent article reminded us of the necessity to respect the office of our president. Our presidents are elected by the people on all of their accomplishments as well as their faults.

Barry Goldwater, the GOP stalwart, recently told Republican critics of Clinton's handling of the Whitewater real estate matter to "get off his back and let him be president."

However, GOP House Whip Newt Ginrich predicted the length of the Whitewater whipping with his statement, "If the president has nothing to hide, then by midsummer, it will all be gone." If the president has nothing to hide, why will it take four more months to drop it?

It's time we stop ignoring our national problems by paying attention to the wrangling of two political parties bent on getting even. If politicians forget their ethics, the people should weed them out at the next election.

True, it is important to save the orange. But what about our country?

GEORGE C. MONTZ
East Aurora

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