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January 16, 2009 at 4:46 PM

National politics: Treasury secretary and torture

Special treatment for U.S. Treasury Secretary

So, the nominee for the position of U.S Treasury secretary has disclosed he failed to pay certain taxes from 2001 to 2004 [“Treasury pick explains errors on tax returns,” Nation & World, Jan. 14]. The majority Senate Democrats brush this revelation aside as a “minor bump” in the process of confirming Timothy Geithner to a position in the Obama Cabinet.

All non-politicians, which I suppose are the great majority of us, know that if we fail to pay lawful, required taxes, the matter would simply not be dismissed as a slight oversight or inconvenience.

— Thomas Frey, Kingston

No excuse for torture

I am still waiting for someone to address the fact that the torture of people like the 20th suspected hijacker in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has ruined the possibility for legitimate prosecution. Hundreds of possible, viable cases that could be tried in our courts are muddled and buried in the Bush administration’s torture of suspects. It will take years to sort it out, if ever. Meanwhile, they are eligible for release under our rule of law.

I say, good going, Republican apologists and ostriches. The latest ruling on this came from a Republican judge who decides these matters for the political prisoners we are holding, illegally now it seems, and will have to release somewhere. Let’s hope it is in the neighborhoods of vice president Dick Cheney and President Bush.

— James Dunn, Marysville

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