Tables making me go crazy

i seriously feel like an idiot posting about this because i’ve never had an html problem that i didn’t know how to resolve, but i’m starting to go insane looking at this and frustrating myself to no end.

in mozilla, the site looks fine, the left side menu is butted up against the logo. however, in IE, the menu shifts down a bit, and on a bigger resolution the menu is even lower.

does ANYONE know what the problem is? you can just view source on the page to see the code, i’ve seriously tried like everything i can imagine with this…

eternal thanks in advance to anyone that can help me out.