The Silliest Things Imaginable

RECEIVED Wed., Feb. 25, 2004

Dear Editor,
   I love this newspaper, I really do. You see the silliest things imaginable in it sometimes. Like, well, last week when someone was suggesting bin Laden was in custody and Bush was waiting until just before the election to make the news public ["Postmarks," Feb. 20]. Which is funny. But what was funnier still was that the same writer mentioned something about how Reagan had set up secret deals with the Iranian hostage takers to get the hostages released on Inauguration Day. It's cute that people still believe that ridiculous story. First off, all Reagan "had to do" was to have the hostages released the day after the election if he indeed had anything to do with it. Secondly, anyone interested realizes that the hostages were released about three hours after Jimmy Carter released the frozen Iranian assets, I think about $25 million. PBS did a documentary on Jimmy Carter's last day in office, they themselves mentioned that Carter waited until his last day in office to release the funds that got the hostages free, nothing else. No October surprise campers, sorry.
Carl T. Swanson
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