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It is of interest that Donald Trump continues to lead in the Republican polls in spite of his outrageous comments ("Donald Trump digs in," Jan. 22). His most inflammatory charge was that Sen. John McCain, a former POW, was not a war hero. According to Mr. Trump, "I like people who weren't captured."

My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Vietnam during which we had the opportunity to visit the notorious North Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton." We could see first hand the brutal conditions and torture which Senator McCain and 600 other American prisoners had to endure for up to eight years. Their experience is in sharp contrast to that of Mr. Trump who received four student deferments during the Vietnam War, allegedly because of a bone spur.

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Mr. Trump's behavior brings back memories of the U.S. Army hearings in 1954 during which Sen. Joseph McCarthy investigated allegations of communist infiltration. In response to the bullying tactics of Senator McCarthy, Army counsel Joseph Welsh responded, "Senator, you've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" It sounds like a good question to pose to Mr. Trump.

Dr. Beryl J. Rosenstein, Pikesville

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