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Letter: Mitt Romney declined salary while Gov., Obamas spend taxpayer money on vacations

Published: Thursday, Sept. 3 2015 8:08 p.m. MDT

In this Aug. 26, 2009, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama walks with daughter Malia, 11, right, and Sasha, 8, while they wait to get lunch at Nancy's in Oak Bluffs, Mass., while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard. Since moving to the White House, the family has also vacationed in Hawaii. (Alex Brandon, Associated Press) In this Aug. 26, 2009, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama walks with daughter Malia, 11, right, and Sasha, 8, while they wait to get lunch at Nancy's in Oak Bluffs, Mass., while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard. Since moving to the White House, the family has also vacationed in Hawaii. (Alex Brandon, Associated Press)

Let's play quid pro quo with the Romney tax returns. If President Obama releases (and only after he releases) his college transcripts, his scholarship application as a foreign student, his Social Security application from the state of Connecticut, then Romney should release his tax returns.

And let's add dollars contributed to charity for both candidates over the past 10 years. It seems to me that a governor who took no salary during his term of office in Massachusetts, no salary as head of the Salt Lake City Olympics is far superior ethically to a president who allows his wife to spend a lot of taxpayer money in four years on vacations.

Frank C. Overfelt

Cottonwood Heights

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