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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 20, 1992

Real Danger

For President Bush to send troops to Kuwait for "military games" is utter nonsense and a complete waste of taxpayers' money -- not to mention his little regard for life.

What is the difference if we see Saddam Hussein's "arsenal" or not? Iraq has many countries more than willing to sell it the necessary arms and technology for nuclear warfare.

While Mr. Bush is worrying about Iraq, let him also worry about Iran, which is building weaponry and a powerful army. These people are as dangerous as Iraq. And, let's not forget China, which will sell to anyone.

This pathetic "show of power" by the United States is almost shameful. The Reagan-Bush years have caused this country much harm. We cannot afford to have Mr. Bush in office any longer. This country needs to be saved.

Phyllis Lichter

Pikesville

Family Comics

Talk about family values! According to the results of your comics survey (July 29), the top four strips enjoyed most by your readers all center around families.

They all deal in relationships between siblings, between husbands and wives and between the generations.

The influential and critically acclaimed Doonesbury finished only in the middle of the pack, while the wordy and sophisticated soap-opera strips about chic young adults all finished at the bottom.

The weirdest entries on the comics page -- The Far Side and Mother Goose & Grimm -- didn't even seem to make the list.

It appears that the great majority of your readers are interested in the trials and tribulations of imperfect but intact ordinary families. Politicians and opinion leaders should take note.

Rollin L. Olson

Baltimore

Pesticides

The letter (July 19) by Allen James, executive director of Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, denying the adverse impact of lawn pesticides on the community and environment belies the name of his organization. It doesn't make one feel particularly confident about any further statements that this organization might choose to make.

As a person with multiple chemical sensitivities, asthma and potentially life-threatening respiratory reactions, I know about the terrible impact of chemical exposures. I also know that people with these sensitivities whom I've met trace their chronic illnesses to either a long series of chemical exposures with increasing environmental sensitivity problems, as in my case, or to a massive chemical exposure.

People who may be medically impacted must have the opportunity to protect themselves by closing windows, turning off fans and avoiding going out of doors. Children with allergies and other medical problems may be particularly sensitive and should avoid playing nearby, even after the application is completed. This is why it's so important that there be posted warnings, before and after pesticide applications.

Mr. James' observations about the Prince George's County law requiring posting seems to indicate that professional applicators will need to be forced into compliance. Surely, users of the pesticides will realize the importance of this posting, making a policeman or a fine unnecessary. If not, I would suggest that the need of the law is further proven.

Patricia Williams

Baltimore

Not-So-Hotline

Up until two weeks ago I would not have considered myself an AIDS activist. However, in light of what I have recently discovered about the Bush administration's commitment to the problem, I consider it my duty as a taxpayer as well as my moral obligation to inform someone of what I consider to be an horrendous situation.

Recently one of my relatives tested positive for human immunoinsufficiency virus. Suddenly I had an interest in calling the Center for Disease Control's hotline, 1-800-342-AIDS.

Over the course of a two-week period I attempted to call the line 26 times and consistently received a busy signal or a recorded message stating that all operators were busy. I became enraged to realize that there was no possible way for me to get this important information.

Coincidentally, I work in the telephone industry and I became privy to information that indicates this CDC hotline only JTC completes one in 32 attempted calls.

It is unforgivable in this age of technology and with the threat of AIDS not to make this information readily available to people. Although I cannot document the 1-in-32 completion rate, a simple analysis can be made by dialing the number yourself.

Previously I was a Bush supporter. However, after learning of this lack of commitment to the AIDS problem, I now intend to listen closely to the Clinton campaign. I bet that if a business were turning away 31 of its 32 potential customers, heads would roll within that organization.

I understand that these lines are answered by volunteers and only so many can be available to answer calls. However, there are recorded messages that would answer many of the common questions as well as requests for written information packets.

Thomas J. Coffey

Lansdale, Pa.

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