Clinton's Accessibility

Here in Orange County, there is a lot of pooh-poohing of Bill Clinton's economic summit. The grumbling is along the lines of "It's just a bunch of PR."

Well, that's absolutely true.

It is public relations. We are the public, and the movers and shakers are relating to us in a way I've never seen in my 36 years of life.

I cannot describe the excitement I felt hearing an unemployed worker from Santa Ana speaking to the President-elect and the assemblage of economic interests and experts he had gathered. This was an historic occasion.

I was left astounded by the questions: Why haven't we been doing this for the last 12 years? Why has our government chosen to operate with such a narrow range of input, and such a gap between the public and its government?

I pray that we never have to go back to the behind-closed-doors approach to government the last 12 years have brought us.

WILLIAM E. DOUGLAS J.

Huntington Beach

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