Zoe Baird and the People's Choice

Regarding the front-page article "Baird Rejection Signals Clout of Boomer Voter," Jan. 25: The Zoe Baird incident reminds me of the Clarence Thomas hearings. Where Ms. Baird admitted to breaking the laws she would swear to uphold, Mr. Thomas denied breaching a code of ethical conduct he has since sworn to integrate into legal rulings.

With Baird's honesty and decision to withdraw, we have a clear horizon. With Thomas's avowed innocence and approval, after such broadly debated hearings, we are left with muddy waters. The best difference our new president has already demonstrated is his willingness to listen to the people he was elected to serve. May this breath of fresh air become a gale force for political change. Marie Shih, Seattle

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