Editor: I think that the German idea of establishing an air base for a Luftwaffe squadron in the United States is a great idea. All the bases the Defense Department wants to close can now be given to those foreign powers which own chunks of our country and our economy, such as the Japanese, for example. That should take care of a few dozen bases right there.
Just think how happy all the local politicians will be when the military bases in their communities can stay open. Should any bases remain on the closure list, well, once we make peace with Iraq we can give the Iraqis one, and if the Kuwaitis, the Saudis, the Syrians and other Arab countries don't mind hanging around with Christians and Jews too much, let's give them some bases, too. We could even save one for the Palestine Liberation Organization. Hey, it could happen.
Editor: As I was jogging around Lake Montebello, I noticed a cluster of newly planted trees on the property adjacent to the lake. In another 10 years, this will be an ideal setting for a drug haven. There are numerous walkers, joggers and bicyclers who enjoy the lake area. Additionally, there are two schools nearby.
I have seen drug dealers stand on streets, waiting for customers in broad daylight. The same situation will occur in another 10 years when the trees mature. It will be a safe hiding place for drug dealers.
As a concerned citizen, I called the mayor's office to file a complaint. I was transferred to the park service department. The man I spoke to sounded as if he had received numerous complaints about these trees. He said that 20 percent of the trees will eventually die. He also said that the park service keeps the trees well trimmed. Additionally, people won't deal drugs because that is a busy intersection.
I would like to take this man to parts of Baltimore where drugs are dealt during the day in public. I would then like to get this man to walk up to drug dealers and explain to them that they should move to another area because it is broad daylight and they should not be near busy intersections. That would be the end of that man along with his argument.
I propose that the park service move and replant some of the trees. The space is available to replant them. In the future, better planning will avoid such problems.
Editor: Jeffrey Record's piece in The Sun, May 16, ''The Lessons of Desert Storm,'' misses the main points.
The greatest losers are the Soviet Union and China. Their military equipment was junk before the battle and soon became junk vTC during it. The ground war, so graphically predicted by the hand wringers in the media and on campuses to be a blood bath for the coalition forces, turned out to be target practice.
Military equipment possessed by the coalition forces, and particularly that of the United States, is much too complicated to be used by hastily trained draftees. Some of our aircraft missions were flown by bird colonels, no less! End the draft. It is obsolete.
The lesson of Desert Storm, that is not lost on the tin-pot dictators of the world, is that naked and unprovoked aggression will not be tolerated. Furthermore, the world has the means and the will to implement that policy.
For the distant future, it will be worse than drawing to an inside straight for any tin-pot dictator to try this again.
Hubert P. Yockey.
WAR IN THE GULF
Editor: Official Washington is preparing itself for a "U.S. victory parade," a patriotic extravaganza on Saturday, June 8, the likes of which have not been seen, in this country at least, in many years.
The immediate purpose is to welcome home our Desert Storm warriors and this is surely a popular and worthwhile undertaking. But like most military parades, it will serve other state purposes as well.
The parade and jingoistic hoopla will reinforce the desired impression that the war is over, that all important issues have been settled, and that the war was a victory for the United States in which we should all take pride. No matter that Saddam Hussein remains in power, that the future of Iraq's Kurdish and Shia populations remain precarious, that the Kuwaiti and Saudi ruling families are returning to business as usual without regard to democracy or human rights, etc.
The parade will also be the grand homecoming that never occurred following the U.S. interventions in Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada and Panama. Finally, the American people will have an opportunity to feel good about the military and by extension, about themselves. Now, it is hoped, the so-called Vietnam Syndrome can be fully and finally dispelled. Old cautions can be swept away and new latitude won for future military conflicts.
Richard R. Dow.
Pest Management or Genocide?
Editor: Liz Bowie's May 19 story about the Bierly family's health and economic hardship caused by chlordane pesticide poisoning is important, but it leaves the reader believing this is a unique situation.