Patrick Smith's Mailbag

What's up in the mail room? The mail, for one thing: our letter writers are setting a torrid pace so far this year. The first-quarter total was an eye-glazing 18,806 letters, e-mails and faxes (and yes, we read every blessed one of them, and some of them twice). For you real numbers junkies, that's 8% more than what we bagged this time last year.

--SCANDALS HAVE THEIR GOOD POINTS: At least from a letters-count perspective. The more President Clinton got into hot water and the more Kenneth Starr investigated, the more readers wanted to sound off. Monicagate was a major factor...

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