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October 26, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Darcy Burner’s degree

Two less words

Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner is absolutely correct in stating that, “people are playing stupid semantic gotcha games” over her not really having a degree in economics from Harvard even though she was quoted twice in public as saying, “I loved economics so much that I got a degree in it from Harvard.”

The only problem here is that Burner is the one playing the “stupid semantics game,” or as most of us would view it, outright lying to the electorate about her academic qualifications.

Burner’s double talking, after the fact reminds very much of former President Bill Clinton’s now famous statement about what is the meaning of is?

If Burner was really so pressed for time at the debates on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10, all she had to say was, “I loved economics so much that I minored in it at Harvard.”

This simple statement actually uses two less words than her original fabricated statement. If every word really mattered and she was really so pressed for time at the two debates, all she needed to do was to tell the truth.

— Stephen Kramer, Tacoma

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