Re: the article in the Nov. 5 edition titled “Hillary backed lab of donor,” (page 11), regarding an apparent connection between a $3,000 contribution to her campaign by a controversial and perhaps racist DNA researcher and the subsequent involvement of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in earmarking a $900,000 grant for his research lab, we are told by Mrs. Clinton's spokesman, “One thing had nothing to do with the other.”
Similarly, we were once assured that there was no quid pro quo relationship between the orchestration by an executive of a chickenprocessing company, aided by a shady securities dealer, of a profit of $100,000 on Hillary's $1,000 investment in the volatile cattle futures market and the relaxation, let us say, of environmental laws by then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton while that same company dumped massive quantities of its waste into once pristine rivers.
Also, Mrs. Clinton has adamantly denied that payments to her brothers by people seeking presidential pardons from her husband had anything whatsoever to do with his granting pardons to those same people.
There may be times when inferences of wrongdoing from such circumstances would be appropriate. But given Mrs. Clinton's unblemished record over many years of candor, probity and veracity, she must be accorded the full benefit of the doubt with respect to these occasions, the many comparable ones that have occurred in the past, the ones that are occurring as I write and the host of those that no doubt will occur in the future. Barry C. Steel Phoenix, Maryland