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Volume 72, Issue 34, Friday, October 6, 2006

Opinion

What do you think of the Mark Foley scandal?

Minor indiscretion

Florida congressman Mark Foley was discovered to have had inappropriate exchanges with teenage pages. How should the country respond to the news?

Media should not buy alcoholism excuse

As if the Republican Party didn't have enough to worry, the party is now shaken with the controversy surrounding pervert Rep. Mark Foley. His foolishness, including his dodging of the issue by claiming an alcohol problem, is childish.

His reaction is just as bad as President Clinton saying he didn't have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. When are politicians going to stop trying to hide the fact they are sleazy? Unfortunately, the conservative media is buying into the alcoholism excuse. The media spreads the lie, trying to bend the public's tainted vision of the truth. Foley will just receive a slap on the wrist and community service, and the church will forgive the good man's sin.

Give him the maximum penalty, and let the people know they are still represented honestly in Washington, D.C. -- Jordan Overturf


Speaker should be held responsible, too

The scandal on Capitol Hill goes far beyond the damage done by Foley's initial actions. Evidence is mounting against Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. 

Early indications suggest that House Majority Leader John Boehner told Hastert months ago. Despite these warnings from Boehner and others, Hastert failed to do anything. This failure must result in his resignation as speaker of the House. If he can't do anything to protect 16-year-old pages on Capitol Hill, we can't trust him to set the agenda of the House.

This example shows how GOP leadership has failed to react to emerging situations and threats. They were warned that bin Laden was determined to attack within the United States by using airplanes as missiles, yet failed to react sufficiently. They were warned about Hurricane Katrina's potential damage, yet failed to react sufficiently. They were warned that Foley had inappropriate contact with minors, yet failed to react sufficiently.
-- Isaiah Warner


Media should focus efforts elsewhere

It's sickening how Foley tries to hide behind alcoholism and prior abuse to excuse what he did.

It's disgraceful that Hastert knew about e-mails a year earlier and did nothing about it. 

It's predictable that vile people like Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity would find a way to defend this action, not realizing this has nothing to do with partisan politics. Unfortunately, the media has pounced on this story like a hyena on a dead elk's carcass. We didn't have this ferocity in 2003 during the build-up to war with Iraq. We didn't have this investigative reporting when John Kerry was being attacked by "swift-boat" veterans who lied about his record. It shouldn't take sexual deviancy to stoke the flames of journalistic curiosity. -- David Salinas


A country in trouble

The Foley scandal is another example of how much trouble the country finds itself in. 

We have elected leaders who willingly cover up knowledge of sexually suggestive e-mails sent to minors by government employees and a man who was the co-chair of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children sending suggestive e-mails to former congressional pages. 

In the end, as unsettling as this is, someone should ask if Foley didn't commit wrongdoing and the age of consent in D.C. is 16, what did he do that was wrong? -- Henry Darragh


Democrats can make mistakes, too

The Foley scandal is too political to have much substance. Sure, a Republican screwed up this time, but Democrats have screwed up before. Americans are smart enough to know that all of Capitol Hill is dirtier than a Christina Aguilera album. Instead of reaching for a huge moral victory over the GOP, Democrats should just try to take advantage of the situation to win over a few disillusioned Republican voters here and there.

But the issue is not enough to change any minds come November, according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.

So the Democrats need to find something else to help them take back Congress this fall.

Something like a party platform, maybe. -- Zach Lee


Dems shouldn't capitalize on scandal

It's twisted that a congressman -- well, an adult for that matter -- sent out explicit e-mails and instant messages to minors. But the scandal's coverage should be scaled down. The scandal shouldn't be swept under the rug, but proper actions must be taken to bring justice to the minors and to find out who else was involved with this scandal -- regardless of party affiliation. 

Despite the fact that Foley was a Republican and that some in the Republican leadership allegedly knew of Foley's "overly friendly" behavior with the pages, the Democrats shouldn't try and capitalize on this scandal. 

Turning pedophilia and cyber sex into a political tool is tactless and will be almost as bad as the acts themselves. -- Christian Ochoa
 

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