What value can be placed upon an expression of apology and remorse and the appearance of contrition when it comes only after it is totally apparent that the president has been caught in his lies? He no longer can stay that one step ahead of the executioner. Had he come forth at the beginning instead of taking the course he did, things would be much more believable.

As the Congress deliberates and considers this case, I hope that someone will replay the interviews with teachers and students on the news a few days ago. The teachers stated it becomes extremely difficult for them to teach values that the president blatantly violates. He and Charles Barkley are role models whether they want to be or not; their public visibility places responsibilities upon them. Clinton's indiscretions are not a private affair. This has demonstrated that placing much trust in him now may be dangerous.Forgive? Very definitely, yes. We all have a need to forgive. But trust now is not an automatic and does take longer; it must be earned.

Gail Nielsen

St. George