I am writing to you in order to express my opinions as a citizen of the state of Utah, the United States and humankind concerning the allegations toward President Clinton. I believe that our president should be impeached, no matter what is found concerning his honesty. He has already lied to the American people when he acted immorally. The citizenry of the country should feel confident that they have elected a leader of unquestionable high moral standards. A leader should represent those who appointed him totally and completely.

There are those who may argue that the president was elected to lead the country and that his personal affairs are not the business of the populous. This is a dangerous and irresponsible position to take.When I was 10 years old I idolized the president of the United States. I can't help but feel sorry and troubled for current prospective presidents, for whom the current example, an example they idolize, is showing them that such immoral acts are perfectly fine and appropriate for political figures. We may be able to discern between public and private, but idolizing little children cannot. We owe it to the children of this nation to not let such actions become acceptable.

There are also those who argue that many presidents in the past have committed such immoral acts, but that the media simply did not report it. While this may be true, it does not make it right. It is not the media's responsibility to present an air of morality, it is the duty of the president to be moral.

Slavery was also common practice and accepted in our nation's history, but we now all agree that abolishment of that practice was the only right thing to do. Thus, we must abolish this presidential prerogative of kiss and don't tell.

In conclusion, I know that he has legally done nothing wrong, but I believe action should be taken toward making such an act legally punishable.

Ben Parkes

Riverton