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Profiteering by the president's uncle

March 27, 2006

Re "Bush's Uncle Earned Millions in War Firm Sale," March 23

President Bush's uncle, William H.T. Bush, profits $2.7 million from stock options and the sale of his war-profiteering company, Engineered Support Systems Inc., which was awarded contracts on a no-bid basis. ESSI delivers faulty generators to the war effort, which results in a stop order from the government. News of the stop order is withheld from stockholders for seven months, during which time William Bush sells off $450,000 of stock. Why isn't this on Page 1?

APRIL ORTIZ MARQUEZ

Burbank

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I think The Times made a mistake. Surely this story is really a synopsis of an episode of "The Sopranos."

BRIAN CRITES

Culver City

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If Bush's relatives and friends profit from oil and defense contracts, they are warmongers. Bush is just protecting his family's business interests. This deserves serious discussion.

ADOLPHE ALEXANDER

Chino

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