I had to reread the paragraph twice to make sure I hadn't misunderstood. Professor Sidlow suggested Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky might dissuade qualified people from running for office. "Who's going to want to serve as president . . . if this is the kind of tawdry business they're going to get involved with?" the professor asked. ("Clinton mess may affect office of presidency," Deseret News, Aug 8, page A2.)

Does this represent the thinking of most Americans today? Do we define the unpleasant investigation as "tawdry business" rather than the immoral and possibly criminal behavior that initiated the investigation? If the allegations are true, it is our president's behavior that is sleazy or tawdry. It must be investigated. I want people running for office who are not only qualified intellectually but also morally.Fyodor Dostoevsky, in "The Brothers Karamozov," said:

"The important thing is to stop lying to yourself. A man who lies to himself and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying - lying to others and to yourself."

Larry W. Tippetts