I think Blanche Petersen is missing the point (Readers' Forum, Aug. 24).

In referring to members of Congress being critical of our country's president and about their friends: We should not be brought down because we choose to speak out about our country's highest leader. The company any of us keep does not necessarily mean we are at fault.I welcome any of our senators' comments and criticisms. It's pleasing to me that Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Ted Kennedy are the best of friends.

We need to remember that the highest office in the land is indeed worthy of more appropriate behavior than our president is giving us.

Janice H. Margetts

Salt Lake City