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Criticism With No Apologies

June 18, 2005

Re "Senate Issues an Apology for Inaction on Lynchings," June 14: Conservative (red state) values: The two senators from Mississippi, the state registering the most lynchings, were among the unapologetic 20. Apparently holding the moral high ground means never having to say you're sorry.

Jim Allen

West Hollywood

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Re "Who'll Apologize for the Filibuster?" Commentary, June 15: Abolishing procedural tactics like filibusters because they were once used toward evil ends like lynching makes about as much sense as abolishing pens because one was used to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. For that matter, perhaps Andres Martinez is now in favor of banning guns because they have been used to kill innocent people.

Jonathan H. Siegelbaum

Bethesda, Md.

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