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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwrxxl Ml — pinion Tuesday, Sept. 15,1998 Page 6 Presidents' lives no longer are 'private' By KEVIN GALVIN AP Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — His middle name was a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and he was inspired to public life by John F. Kennedy. So it seems somewhat fitting that William Jefferson Clinton may join two earlier presidents, both his heroes, in sexual ignominy. Washington Today , But the difference between the situations in which Kennedy and Jefferson found themselves and the peril facing Clinton's presidency speaks volumes about the age of instant information and the breakdown between the public and the private. "One of the biggest things that has changed is that we have the instant media," said Wesley O. Hagood, author of the book "Presidential Sex: , From the Founding • Fathers to Bill Clinton." "Thomas Jefferson certainly didn't have to contend with that. He also didn't have a special prosecutor breathing down his neck." It is not that Americans have become more puritanical, Hagood argues. It is that given the Internet and 24-hour TV news, the gory details are ubiquitous. "Part of the problem here is that it is in our face," he said. "We're forced to deal with it." Dealing with "it" has never been simple. Even after the sexual revolution, questions of perjury aside, it is easy for many Americans to understand why someone might lie about an extramarital affair. "Sex is an interesting thing because it's something that is not criminal, but also not acceptable," said Deborah Tannen, a Georgetown University specialist in linguistics arid author of the "The Argument Culture." Tannen said technology has blurred the line between public and private matters, especially in politics. Also at play, she said, is an increasingly adversarial tone in public discourse. A generation ago, the private 'lives of politicians were considered just that — private. An old saw of journalism had it that private behavior was not news until it affected a politician's public performance. Kennedy's womanizing is now legend. Dwight Eisenhower was linked romantically to his wartime driver, Kay Summersby. Lyndon Johnson played around. Franklin Roosevelt died during an out-of-town trip with a woman other than his wife. Jimmy Carter only iusted in his heart. Michigan hunting law prohibits nails in trees We encourage all of you who hunt to observe safe hunting rules. And, as always, be sure you know on whose land you are hunting and that you have permission before entering those woods. Letters We also want to bring to your attention the recent changes in Michigan's hunting law that declare it unacceptable to use any devices for hunting platforms or blinds that penetrate or damage the bark of trees on state land, which applies to all forest land owned by us, as well. Most of our land — more than 90 percent — is enrolled in the Commercial Forest Reserve, with the only exception being leased land. Regardless of whether you are hunting on leased land or on land owned by our association, we are requesting that all bear and deer hunters not use anything that penetrates the bark of tree. We will consider anything of this nature as damage to our property and a violation of the trust we have placed in you as responsible hunters to use our land wisely and respectfully. It is critical that the resources growing on our land are not damaged. This new law has been officially incorporated into hunting policy for all our land across the Lakes States region. We must enforce the policy in order to protect our resources, and we hope you will follow it to ensure your continued use of our land. Should you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us at (906)932-3410. Thank you for your cooperation and please enjoy a safe hunt. Al Steegc, manager of operations, Keweenaw Land . Association Let's end all this nonsense in Washington, D.C., now Do Home of the scoundrels in America believe the average citi- zon is so lacking in gray matter that he cannot ferret out an obvious cabal? These persons are secretly united for., the sole purpose of destroying Clinton's presidency. So many idiotic loopholes! Who in their right mind would retain dirty clothing for obvious testing months later? (Ken) Starr should put his sex life on display so. the American public can.decide if he is capable of condemning others. He is as- suming the role of God in his satanic mind. Let's hope Washington gets its act together and ceases this idiotic nonsense and gets back to American basics. Perpetual funding of Social Security, education for our future generations, improving America's physical well-being, roads, bridges, public buildings and wise future use of our farms, forests and water sources. I hope and pray to God Washington's nonsense will soon cease. Don Newman, Bessemer August was hottest on record WASHINGTON (AP) — The news arrived like an old phonograph record with a scratch: Last month was the hottest on record. August was tht; eighth month in a row to set a new average high temperature worldwide, the National Oceanographic and Atmo- spheiv" Administration reported Thursday. "The trend is up, and it will keep going up," Vice President Al Gore commented at the White House. Gore is a prime proponent of the view that the Earth is gradually warming due to a buildup of manmade gases in the atmosphere. There is disagreement on this theory in the.scientific community. • According to the NOAA analysis, the average global temperature for August was 61.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Doonesbury Grover Cleveland and Andrew Jackson faced charges of sexual' impropriety during their presidential campaigns, but neither the news that Cleveland had an illegitimate daughter nor allegations -that Jackson married his wife before her divorce from her first husband became final k^pt them from office. Looking back further, when anti-Jefferson publishers in Richmond, Va., ran smears that he had carried on a lengthy affair with one of his female slaves, Jefferson declined to respond publicly, not wanting to fan the flames. • That relationship still is the subject of heated scholarly debate. Jefferson did not have to worry that the details of his sexual encounters might suddenly become available to every American at the click of a button. Hagood notes in his book that Gennifer Flowers' account of her affair with Clinton was actually from a long tradition; the mistresses of Cleveland, Warren Harding, Eisenhower and Wood-, row Wilson all wrote memoirs. But none of those tales out came during their presidencies. That was before 24-hour news and the independent counsel law. "Television is a very personal medium. It brings people into your home," said Tannen. "Candidates who are able to connect with the public in a personal way are effective." IT'S Seed M^Vep THaT THIS M<a£TiN<5 of Other cultural forces are at play, too. Tannen sees what she calls "the argument culture" in America, in which journalists, in their breathless pursuit of exclusives, often fail to see their subjects in a larger context and politicians increasingly seek only to bash their opponents into submission. In such an environment, sexual peccadilloes may seem, like lethal ammunition to use against a politician, to say nothing of charges that he abused the power of his office and lied under oath. But Almanac and Datebook Sept. 15, 1998 Today is the 2$Sth day of 1998 and the 87m day of summer. TODAY'S HISTORY: On this day in 1949, "The Lone Ranger" made its television debut on ABC. On this day in 1978, Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in 15 rounds at Atlanta to win his fourth world heavyweight boxing championship. On this day in 1982, Al Neuharth published the first issue of USA Today. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: James Feni more Cooper (1789-1851), writer; William Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. president; Robert Benchley (1889-1945), humorist; Agatha Christie (1890-1976), writer; Bobby Short (1926-), pianist, is 72; Gaylord Perry (1938-), baseball great, is 60; Tommy Lee Jones (J946-), actor, is 52; Oliver Stone (1946-), director, is 52; Dan Marino (1961-), football star, is 37. TODAY'S SPOKt*On this day m net,'Washington quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, in a game against Chicago, threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to Gerry Allen. TODAY'S QUOTE: "A newspaper reporter is related to a telephone as a musician is related to a piano." — James B. Stewart What the heck is going on in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District? On paper, Democratic candidate Lydia Spottswood should have a lock on things in the state's southeast corner, represented for so many years by the late Les Aspin. But, after the Sept. 8 primary, there's some doubt she's even in control in her own party. Democrats across the state are watching this race, because it's been targeted nationally. Spottswood is going up against 28-year-old Paul Ryan, a Janesville Republican who's never been elected to any office. He only recently moved back to Wisconsin as a staffer in Washington. But the Democrats' worry last week was not caused by Ryan. It was generated by Janesville surgeon Jeff Thomas, a perennial candidate who defies any conventional analysis. Thomas was never given even a remote chance of defeating Spottswood in the Democratic primary. At his fundraisers, there were more people in the band than in the paying crowd. So, how is if. that Thomas gets 47.5 percent of the vote in Kenosha County, the heart of Spottswood country? Upon regaining its breath, the Spottswood campaign offered the lame excuse that Thomas had spent a lot of time campaigning in the Kenosha area. They can only hope Ryan didn't notice and try the same thing. What a novel response. "We didn't do well because our opponent campaigned against us." Spottswood can only hope that what happened in Kenosha County Sept. 8 is .a unique and unusual occurrence that won't happen again. If it's an indicator, she's in for a rough couple of months. Ryan's campaign strategist says Thomas' showing in Kenosha County means there's a civil war inside the Democratic Party. "Losing 20 percent of your own vote signals work to bo done," said Brian Christiansen.' "Lose 25 percent, and your voters are sending you a message. Anything above 30 percent, and a candidate is forced to address the division of support." There's plenty of time for Spottswood to regroup. But, the Kenosha County vote for Thomas in the primary is not the way she wanted to kick off the home stretch drive to November. BY GARRY TRUDEAU WHAT? 7HAT5 KEAU-Y COOi.! NO, ITS R£H£CT- K> GLOW. I'VE TOTALLY CH£AP- Tannen is skeptical. "Legal definitions say either you broke the law or you didn't," she said. "But people make distinctions, and a lot of people feel that lying about sex is common and excusable." Whole country eyes big race in Wisconsin DAILY ASSOCIATED P»€SS WISCONSIN NEWSPAPER ASSN. MCWGANPHtSS ASSOCIATION Gary Lamberg Andy Hill Editor/General Manager Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor In Our Opinion Starr's not to blame for Clinton's mess As the story of President Clinton's marital infidelity and lack of discretion snowballs, the commodity in shortest supply appears to be perspective. We'll share ours. First, the party being scrutinized is not special prosecutor Kenneth Starr. He did not appoint himself to the task of investigating President Clinton. Attorney General Janet Reno, a Clinton appointee, did. Starr was selected, in part, because he is not a Democrat. To appoint a Democrat to investigate the leader of his party would have, at best, been a sham. Starr was named special prosecutor because of his integrity and tenacity. Second, the details of Starr's report were more than we needed to know, but we understand why they were released. Had the president admitted his involvement with Monica Lewinsky, repented, taken up his Bible and moved forward, the saga would have moved to the proper venue, supermarket tabloids. Instead, he picked up his Bible, lied, admitted his wrongdoing, repented and attacked the special prosecutor. It's not overly cynical to believe the only thing President Clinton is genuinely sorry about is being caught. Third, it is not hypocritical to hold the president of the United States to the same standard as any other chief executive officer. And no, a high libido is not a prerequisite for effective leadership. We understand why people cling to the idea of some sort of conspiracy against the president. If you take comfort from this idea, be our guest. There's no amount of cold, hard fact that will disabuse a conspiracy theorist of his notions. We won't try. We will, however, protest the idea the media is to blame for this mess. We at The Daily Globe are simply doing what we attempt to do every day, which is to hold up a mirror to our community and nation. Looking into the mirror, coming to grips with what you see, and making the necessary changes can be the toughest job of all. SEN. RUSS FEINGOLD 502 Hart Offk* BMf. Wmliuwton. D.C. 20510 (302(224-3323 838.1 Qreenwiy Blvd. Mklclltlorv. WI M3«2 16081 8M-1200 SEN. HERBERT KOHL 33O H«rt Office Bids. W«jhln»ton, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5GS3 14 W. Mimin Street. Sultr 312 Madlion. WI 53703 (608) 2&4-S338 REP. DAVE QBE? 24(52 Raybum OfDce Did* Wellington. D.C. 20515 (201)223-3363 317rirjtSlrecl W«iu»u. WI3-HOI (7131842-SCOa

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