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Lost IRS e-mails have reignited the controversy over the agency's handling of applications for tax exemption from conservative groups. Letter to the editor and comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:

The Internal Revenue Service's claim that many e-mails sent to and from Lois Lerner, former exempt organizations director, before 2011 cannot be located because her computer crashed is laughable. Everyone knows such data are routinely stored on servers and backed up, just as everyone — except the Department of Health and Human Services apparently — knows how a website should work. At least Lerner didn't say her dog ate the e-mails.

If a Republican administration were using the IRS to attack opponents and trying to cover it up, there would have been a special prosecutor a long time ago. After this, will there ever be a Democratic demand for a special prosecutor that Republicans will take seriously?

Dwayne Keith; Valrico, Fla.

The IRS has been stonewalling the investigation since it started. At first, the Obama administration blamed low-level employees in Cincinnati. Later, it was found that former IRS official Lois Lerner sent e-mails to a Federal Election Commission attorney about a specific application. Then the administration embarked on its usual strategy: Deny anything happened and wait for the issue to blow over.

— David Nelson

If there is evidence that government officials tampered with evidence to cover up the truth, then they should be prosecuted.

Republicans and Democrats should be all over this. The people have lost trust in government, and a bipartisan probe would restore some faith in our judicial system.

AJ Monte

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