Pubdate: Thu, 26 August 1999
Source: Washington Post (DC)
Copyright: 1999 The Washington Post Company
Address: 1150 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20071
Author: Richard Prawdzienski


Politicians and journalists coming to the defense of Texas Gov. George W.
Bush over rumors of his use of cocaine are telling us that a zone of privacy
should be respected and that the sins of youth should not be a factor now.

If these arguments are valid for politicians, then they also should be valid
for all Americans. If drug use is a private issue, then government should
get out of controlling private decisions, and it should clear criminal
records when citizens reach a certain age.

Politicians are telling us that we did not dig into their personal lives in
the old days, and we should not be digging today. In the old days,
politicians garnered many special privileges for themselves that made it
easy for them to hide their past and be undetected hypocrites.

Do we want to go back?

Richard Prawdzienski, Edmond, Okla.

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