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    The Bay State: where no relevant experience is required

    Re “Resume casts doubt on tax official’s hiring” (Page A1, March 6): Kristin Lindquist’s lack of relevant experience is not really that eye-opening. Massachusetts has a long history of vetting prospective new hires, appointees, and vendors based upon their status as a friend, relative of a friend, or donor.

    That explains out-of-control spending on failed software projects during the Patrick administration, the inability of the MBTA to make effective upgrades since the Dukakis administration, and the conviction of several House speakers.

    A thorough examination of unqualified resumes of state employees and appointees, current and former, would take up enough newsprint to denude forests across the Northeast.

    Dave Pill