With her recent article in Vanity Fair magazine, Monica Lewinsky has been thrust back into the limelight.

When the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal first broke out in the late 1990s, it was the butt of lewd and tasteless jokes.

But now I sort of feel sorry for Lewinsky. She sort of reminds me of Hester Prynne of "The Scarlet Letter."

Though even at age 40 Lewinsky is a striking beauty, very intelligent (got a master's degree from the London School of Economics) and very ambitious and entrepreneurial, she has had a rough life and has paid a very heavy price for what she did.

She has never been married, has no children, has had trouble finding meaningful jobs, gets no privacy and has been suicidal.

Meanwhile, the Clintons get richer and more popular and powerful.

Life definitely is not fair sometimes. Hopefully the Vanity Fair article will help Lewinsky get back on her feet and help her land a meaningful job. It is time to stop persecuting her.

— Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.