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IF NECESSARY, CENSURE, DON'T IMPEACH CLINTON

We've heard it said, ad nauseam, that it's not about sex, it's about lying, perjury, suborning perjury and obstruction of justice. Well, it's not that easy. Where justice is concerned, allegations and charges require context and proportion.

In this case the context of the alleged perjury is, like it or not, sex. As distasteful and wrong as the confessed Clinton-Lewinsky relationship is, the president is not below the law and he deserves justice. Also, as unfortunate and regrettable as lying about and covering up a sexual relationship is, it doesn't begin to meet the standard of proportion of high crimes and misdemeanors, as did Watergate and Iran-Contra.

So what is to be done if the president is found to have perjured himself or obstructed justice? My vote would be to sanction or censure the president, so that he pays a price for justice.

Then let him get on with the job he was elected to perform. Resignation or impeachment would not help the office of the presidency, our standing in the international community or our country.

John Michaels Buffalo

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