In recent weeks your page has carried several letters from Clinton apologists, who, for the most part, are saying in substance that whatever may have happened sexually between "consenting adults" in the privacy of Clinton's office or quarters is none of the stupid general public's business. These Geraldo constitutional-authority types and Clinton apologists also contend that, after all, lying about an adulterous affair is a given, it is expected, and no big deal. For them, there are no moral absolutes - right and wrong - just shades of right and wrong, depending upon who you are and when and where the human behavior takes place. If you believe them, you accept that it is the prerogative of every male (or female) to lie about an adulterous affair. Everyone does it; it's no big deal.

What these Clinton supporters and the vocal liberal trial lawyers who inundate the liberal networks (CNN, ABC, CBS, CNBC, Jennings, Rather, et al.) seem to have ignored is that the White House belongs to the public, and the Clintons are only guests therein. And that the majority of the public (almost double the 40 percent of the voters that invited the Clintons to use the White House as their residence and office) has every right to set the standards for the use of the White House and to expect it to be used in ways that do not detract from its historical significance as a place that exudes commonly accepted moral and spiritual values for the nation's youths.That doesn't really include making a Motel 6 out of it to collect money from political cronies to be used to demagogue opponents in political contests. Nor does it mean that it is all right for the White House to be a safe haven for protecting the president from public scrutiny of his dalliances. The fact that other presidents may have done it still doesn't make it right.

Now that Clinton has been called to testify before the Starr grand jury, the liberal/trial lawyer/Geraldo crowd is trying to make the case that Clinton is not really an American citizen like his Secret Service guards, his accusers and the rest of society where grand jury procedures are concerned. Good luck.

Howard A. Matthews