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Congressional criminals get off easy

To the Editor:

Charlie Rangel convicted of 11 ethics violations will probably be given a slap on the wrist instead of being expelled. It seems every time a congress person gets into trouble the hearings are closed to the public.

What congress fails to recognize is that we the people are the employers and members of congress are the employees, we have every right to know what goes on during an ethics hearing – after all, we are paying the salaries of these people.

Rangel evaded income taxes for seven years and then was allowed to pay the back money with no interest or penalties. Think about if had you done that. You would haven been indicted, tried and convicted, fined and forced to pay the back taxes plus interest and penalties, and if you were lucky avoid any jail time.

Next to be tried for ethics violations will be Maxine Waters, and I am sure we will hear charges of racism as we do when we criticize Obama.

Keep your eyes open, folks, and let your congressman know how you feel about all of this.

Ed Saltzman

Grand Lake

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