From The Editorial Desk
Thursday, September 28, 2000
That's particularly true when it comes to individuals. Many people do change, renouncing their old behavior. And many people don't. Guessing a person's future actions becomes a crap shoot--and it's a game with very high stakes when that person is vying to become the next President of the United States.
You don't have to look any further than Bill Clinton to find a well-publicized example of someone who didn't change, who brought patterns of womanizing and mangling the definition of truth into the White House with him.
That's why we thought it was so important to publish this week's lead story about George W. Bush. The story, which originally appeared in Harper's, outlines a history that's filled with so much manipulation, near failure and opportunism that one wonders about the candidate's ability as a leader.
Of course, people can change, and this history may be only a road map to the past.
Unfortunately, as of the time we uploaded this week's paper to the web, we were unable to post this story on our website. We urge you to pick up a copy of the paper at one of nearly 1,000 distribution sites in Monterey County.
Water is always a big and emotional issue in Monterey County. Surprisingly, despite its scarcity, no one has done much to monitor or control the use of private wells in the area--until now. You'll find the battle lines that are drawn in this week's News section include constitutional as well as moral issues.
And if you just want to relax and have fun...
George Benson is in town, as is the World Music Festival. You can read about both of those events in the Music section of this edition