Tuesday, February 09, 1999

Westwood student's words heard by senators

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Part of Juliette Asuncion's letter about President Clinton was read during the impeachment trial Monday.
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        A Mercy High School student is playing a role in the most significant political trial of the century. And she's not even old enough to vote.

        A few days ago, Juliette Asuncion, 17, of Westwood, got a call from Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, one of the House managers seeking Mr. Clinton's removal from office.

        He wanted permission to read from a letter she wrote to him as part of an assignment in teacher Susan Straub's government class last semester.

        Go right ahead, she responded.

        On Monday, as Mr. Chabot made one of the closing arguments to the U.S. Senate, he read from part of Juliette's letter.

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        She wrote: “The president should be honest and a trust worthy person. He should be a good decision-maker, have good morals, and have his priorities straight. He should devote his time to the country and set a good example for the people of this nation.

        “I feel that President Clinton does not measure up to these standards. He's lied to the American people. He's committed perjury.”

        Juliette, who attended Our Lady of Lourdes elementary school in Westwood with Mr. Chabot's daughter, Erica, and worked on his 1st Congressional District campaign against Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls as part of a class assignment, said she was surprised that Mr. Chabot remembered her.

        Said Mother of Mercy Principal Sister Nancy Merkle: “The students realize that in these classes that they can make a difference.”


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