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Letter: Romney should release tax returns

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, greets the crowd in Norfolk, Va. (Aug. 11, 2012) Credit: AP

Mitt Romney's refusal to release more than two years of his tax returns will be the deciding issue for a many voters in the presidential election ["Tax-wise, the rich and powerful skate," Opinion, Aug. 19].

If Romney loses in a very close race, historians no doubt will postulate that he lost because of his failure to release his tax returns. Is Romney letting down his supporters, and, more important, the nation, by not releasing his returns?

Chet Gerstenbluth, Plainview

Mitt Romney says that he has paid a federal income tax rate of at least 13 percent in each of the past 10 years. I am a retired teacher in the 15 percent bracket, and I have paid no more than $9,500 yearly.

Forget percentages! How much does Romney pay in dollars, not percentage points, to meet his federal tax obligations as a citizen?

I believe Ann Romney fears that releasing more of their joint returns would just provide Democrats with political ammunition. I think that she is right.

Martin Goldstein, Medford