It seems some Clinton partisans are claiming that President Clinton is doing an excellent job as president and that there is no justification for impeachment proceedings. They claim that the president's personal conduct is his and his family's business. But he lied under oath about what he had done, and he lied to the nation about his actions in a separate televised statement. For similar deeds, a corporate CEO or military officer would have received immediate walking papers. Yet, defenders of the president don't want him held to the same standard. One important question Americans should ask themselves is: If Clinton's lies are inconsequential, why was Monica Lewinsky given im-mun-i-ty for the lies she told? Another question: If Clinton will lie under oath and lie to the American people, how can anyone rely on anything he says?

In addition to the dishonor Clinton has brought upon himself and his office, there exists an array of credible allegations that he accepted and solicited bribes, jeopardized national security by arranging for the transfer of high-tech weaponry to China, obstructed justice, usurped the power of Congress and abused the high office he holds. Protecting the nation from a rogue president is one of the obligations attached to membership in Congress. The power of impeachment is in the Constitution not as a decoration but to be used when needed. There exists a need today. Congress must act because crime unpunished is crime rewarded, and sweeping a crime under a rug guarantees that more crime will follow in its wake.Steven Montgomery