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Dear Editor: I’d like to reply to two comments in your April 19 edition. Columnist Randy Simms speculated that Nigel Wright may tell the whole story of his paying Mike Duffy’s debt to government, now that the RCMP have “cleared” Mr. Wright.

The police failing to find grounds for charges against him now would not prevent them from charging Mr. Wright if he gave them good grounds by public confession; the legal doctrine of “double jeopardy’' means one can`t be tried twice in court for the same offence, not that the police can never renew an investigation.

A political scientist suggested that Bill Barry, by dropping out of contention for leadership of the provincial PCs somehow failed in a duty to help that party renew itself.

Why Mr. Barry should feel any such duty to a party he deems has prematurely rejected him, I do not clearly see — maybe it’s just because a political scientist is not necessarily a logician.

Colin Burke, Port au Port

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Geographic location: Port au Port

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