Editorial: Back in 1998
Back in 1998
Sometimes the old days are not so old. Elizabeth Withers Smith of Woodleaf recently came upon this Christmas letter to the editor that she wrote 10 years ago. President Bill Clinton was facing impeachment, which she opposed. She shares the letter now as a sign of changing times. Here’s an excerpt:
The malls which only a few years ago were nearly vacant are packed with shoppers. For trips to see their loved ones, travelers fill their cars with gasoline that costs 91 cents a gallon.
Homes and businesses are being built at a phenomenal rate. (Interest rates) on home mortgages are 5.25 percent. College-bound students can be assured of financial assistance with lower interest rates which are now tax deductible. In other words, HOPE abounds.
As I walk among the gleeful shoppers, I am so thankful that our world has enjoyed these years of peace and prosperity. In the midst of tremendous joy, I feel great sadness. While we Americans rejoice, the very leader and his family who have led this country to such abundance are being virtually crucified for behavior that has harmed no one but himself and his loved ones.
The House of Representatives voted on on Dec.19, 1998, to impeach the president. The Senate acquitted him on Feb.12, 1999.