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Bike path Continued from page 1 opportunities present at the park. I also recognize, however, that bikepath proposals have been a lightning rod for public emotion and concern for over a decade...In my opinion, the only way to make an informed decision on the pro- posed bike path through the park Impeachment Continued from page 1 aware of the dangers of partisan- ship." Second, Biden said, "Many scholars who have studied the Constitu- tion have con- cluded that it should be re- served for of- fenses that are abuses of the public trust or abuses that re- BIDEN late to the public nature of the president's duties. What is impeachable is not nec- essarily criminal, and what is criminal is not necessarily im- peachable." Third, he said, "The Senate, in particular, has wide latitude in de- termining the outcome of this con- stitutional process. Just because the House may ini- tiate an impeachment process does not mean that the Senate .must conclude that process with a vote on articles of impeachment. "It is well within our constitu- tional responsibilities to consider alternatives to impeachment if we find that circumstances warrant these alternatives." The crucial question, Biden said, is whether President Clin- ton's "breaches of conduct" are serious enough to warrant the ulti- mate political sanction. Article II, Section 4 of the Con- stitution reads: "The President, Vice President and all civil offi- cers of the United States, shall be removed from office on Impeach- ment for, and Conviction of, Trea- son, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." The question centers on what was meant by high crimes and misdemeanors. In the 18th centu- ry, "high Crimes" were essential- ly the same as today's felonies. But studies of the debate notes of James Madison, the scholarly constitutional convention dele- gate from Virginia who authored the Bill of Rights and later served two terms as president, indicate that misdemeanors were de- scribed by the founders as malfeasance or maladministra- tion of office. Many scholars also believe that the word, "high" modifies both crimes and misdemeanors, a view that might support the argument that an impeachment conviction would be too strong a penalty for the alleged Clinton crimes of ly- is to have the Division of Park and Recreation contact the regulatory agencies at both state and federal levels with regards to a bike path through the Gordon's Pond area of the park and receive a determina- tion as to whether such a proposal can be permitted. If such permits are possible, I am directing the di- vision to develop information that will detail the design of the bikepath; define the alignment of the bike path; estimate the cost to ing under oath and conspiring to obstruct justice to cover up his re- cently admitted sexual relations with 22-year-old White House in tern Monica Lewinski. That Biden and other of his Sen- ate colleagues are questioning what path or process to take dur- ing an impeachment trial and how CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 9 . October 15, 1998 - 15 construct the bike path, as well as project the costs of annual mainte- nance and enforcement needs; outline the anticipated impacts to both wildlife and plant communi- ties; and outline any seasonal re- strictions or prohibitions of use so widely discussed. There are essentially two ideas that have been considered for year s The first is to run a path through the park itself. That has the advan- tage of using state land, but envi- that should be imposed in order to " ronmentalists have worried about minimize impact to wildlife." Steering committee co-chair Richard Sargent said that the meeting may not be that dynamic because the issue has already been to sanction the president is not surprising. If Clinton is tried for impeachment, he will be only the third president in 210 years to un- dergo the process. The first, An- drew Johnson, was acquitted by the whispered vote of a dying sen- ator. The second, Richard Nixon, Continued on page 17 the impact. The second idea involves run- ning a path along an adjoining railroad or other nearby private property. The state is now looking at the potential purchase of such nearby lands to provide a buffer for the state park, which faces the threat of encroaching development if the surrounding property is not pro- tected. 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