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October 30, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Sen. Ted Stevens

Time to step down

One would think an individual at the age of 84, whether a U.S. senator or not, would learn to take accountability for poor judgment.

Rather than taking responsibility for his actions, longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, after being found guilty of violating federal ethics laws for failing to report gifts and services he received from friends, defiantly accused federal prosecutors of misconduct [“Republicans urge Ted Stevens to quit, but senator girds for re-election,” Nation and World, Oct. 29].

Even I, a senior in high school, know the difference between borrowing an item such as a massage chair or keeping it for seven years.

Stevens has shattered the trust of the people and should do what any honorable individual would do: Step down.

— Stephanie Conroy, Seattle

Gov. Palin’s reaction: Oh please

Gov. Sarah Palin’s comment that Sen. Ted Steven’s conviction “shines a light on the corrupting influence of the big oil service company that was allowed to control too much of our state” is the classic Adam and Eve defense.

Adam wasn’t guilty of accepting the apple.

Eve was guilty for offering it.

What a whitewash.

— Shirley Bourne, Kirkland

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