In President Clinton's address to the nation on Aug. 17, he criticized Kenneth Starr for intruding into his private live. However, the president initiated an inappropriate relationship in the Oval Office, not in the private quarters of the White House. Furthermore, as a government official, he was elected to work for the American people 24 hours a day, seven days a week. His relationship with Monica Lewinsky was conducted on our, the taxpayers', time.

Even more important than this, however, is the impact his actions have on our children. We teach our children not to lie, cheat or point the blame at others. We also teach them to honor and respect our elected officials. Then, they see the president of the United States lie, cheat and pass the buck. How do we explain this to them without being hypocritical?Some people think we should not be concerned with how the president acts in his "private life." Yet, if he acts dishonestly and immorally in his "private life," do you really think he will not act similarly in his official public life? Can we trust the decisions he makes in leading our country? I think that the president's public and private actions cannot be separated.

If he leads his "private life" immorally, he will also lead our country immorally, I also agree with Sen. Hatch. The president should tell the truth and "truth shall set him free." When the president starts telling the whole truth, the American public and Kenneth Starr will stop invading his "private" life.

Debby Mylar, area representative

Concerned Women for America

Salt Lake City