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Politics aside, like millions of others, I believe Donald Trump thus far has shown himself to be a miserable excuse for a human being. Like it or not though, he will be our president. Hillary Clinton observed we owe him an open mind. We owe him the chance to govern. That opportunity was never afforded to Barack Obama. What was done to President Obama was wrong. If Donald Trump is treated in the same manner, that will be just as wrong.

America needs a chance to actually be governed. We cannot afford the alternative, or the next election cycle will be even worse. That said, of the numerous promises he made, many that will never be fulfilled, Donald Trump must be held to one. He must release his tax returns. All Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, must insist on that. It should be something our Congress, regardless of party, insists happen. They should not only insist it happen, they should enshrine tax disclosure in federal law as a requirement for any federally elected office. If necessary, it should be done retroactively to include Donald Trump.

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I’m writing my senators and my congressman asking two simple questions. Will you insist Donald Trump release his tax return, and will you sponsor legislation to require tax disclosure for all elected federal offices? Donald Trump looked in the camera and told countless Americans he would never lie to them. The promise to disclose his tax return is a promise he cannot be allowed to breach.

-- John Andrew, Helena

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