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I voted for Mr. Clinton in 1992 and 1996, but I am displeased with his negativity against Sen. Obama. If Clinton is going to campaign for Hillary, he should just be telling us why she should be president. What Clinton is doing to Mr. Obama sounds a lot like the "politics of personal destruction" that he felt bombarded him during his impeachment and of which he was very critical.

I agree that if Clinton keeps on attacking Obama, he not only runs the risk of harming Hillary's campaign more than helping it, but he also diminishes his stature and hurts the Democratic Party.

The need to slow population growth

In response to the Jan. 24 article "Nationwide 'teach-in' for climate change": Let's hope the universities will be scientifically honest. If they are, they must tell the students that the important efforts that are being promoted by "Focus the Nation" are not enough. Even if they are successful in reducing the per capita environmental footprint by as much as half, growth in population would negate that gain in about 70 years, as the population of the United States is growing by more than 1 percent annually.

The problem is growth. Unlimited growth is not possible in a world of limited resources, yet we measure our success by how much the economy is growing. We must find a way to stop growing in terms of demands made on the planet – a very big order for the next generation.

Youth is no detriment in public office

Regarding William Klein's Jan. 22 Opinion piece, "More partisanship, please," in which he writes that Bill Clinton in 1992 gave White House jobs to too many young people: I fervently hope that our new president in 2009 would not overlook the intelligence of someone like the youthful James Madison, who in 1787 (at age 36) helped forge the new US Constitution, and, in order to defend it, began collaboration on the Federalist Papers.

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