John Ehrlichman, President Richard Nixon's ousted domestic affairs adviser, foreground,...

John Ehrlichman, President Richard Nixon's ousted domestic affairs adviser, foreground, tells the Senate Watergate Committee July 24, 1974, that Nixon sought unsuccessfully to get a factual account of the bugging scandal. Credit: UPI

We will never get a clear view of Watergate until all the politicians and pundits associated with it have passed away ["Hard lessons unlearned," Editorial, June 17].

Remember, this is the same Richard Nixon who opened the door to China, a decision whose impact is just being felt today. This is also the same Richard Nixon who pressed for an all-volunteer army and expanded voting rights to those 18 or older, who signed a peace treaty with North Vietnam, who implemented detente and arms control with the Soviet Union, and who favored construction of a space shuttle fleet that gave America the edge in space technology for more than 30 years.

A revisionist view of Richard Nixon is inevitable, and it will provide a more balanced view of his presidency, as well as a more critical analysis of holier-than-thou detractors.

Kenneth Heard, Smithtown