Pubdate: Fri, 27 Aug 1999 Date: 08/27/1999 Source: Wall Street Journal (NY) Author: Randall Hoven In regard to "Stonewall, Mr. Bush" by Peggy Noonan and "Snow Job: Bush Tries Not to Inhale" by Paul A. Gigot (editorial page, Aug. 20): It's a shame that politicians running for high office are hounded to answer questions about past drug use. But our politicians are the ones who made drug use a felony in the first place and who continue to push for tougher laws, tougher sentences and tougher enforcement. If the war on drugs is serious, then so should be questions about drug use by the potential commander-in-chief of that war. Maybe someday the term "crack house" will sound as quaint and harmless as "speakeasy." But until that day comes, candidates shouldn't gripe when asked if they inhaled. Randall Hoven Alton, Ill.