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Reagan's 'Scandal'

March 17, 1987

For nearly four months, President Ronald Reagan has avoided answering public questions concerning his role in the Iran arms matter.

Instead of information, we have been treated to performances--speeches, photo opportunities, subordinates assuring the public that Reagan is "with it." We have been posed riddles, "What were you doing in August of 1985?"

Now we get a cute act, "I lost my voice," by the national jokester.

I did not laugh like the rest of the politicians and press who surrounded the President. I did not think his act was funny. I was outraged.

Reagan is sitting in the middle of a serious inquiry into his own and his Administration's competence. Questions have been raised concerning violation of constitutional responsibility. The best Reagan can manage is a joke that is most popular with grammar school children caught being naughty.

C.L. RICHARDSON

Altadena

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