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Letters, Oct. 29, 1979

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Mexico’s Man

To the Editors:

Mexico’s President López Portillo [Oct. 8] expresses legitimate concern when he questions supplying oil to Americans who are unwilling to apply “discipline” in oil consumption. In view of the fact that his country’s population is expected to double in only 22 years, isn’t it legitimate for us to ask when Mexicans will apply the discipline necessary to control population growth and quit dumping their excess millions over our borders?

Wayne R. Bartz Sacramento

As a Brazilian living in the U.S. for more than 16 years, I have come to learn what it means for American Presidents to talk about being a “friendly neighbor” to other countries. Leave the “friendly” out; put in “greedy” instead. The U.S. does not give without taking, and the taking is disproportionate.

Maria L. St. Brisson Moreno Columbus

Obviously Mexicans would not allow millions of Americans to go into their country illegally and settle down, demanding rights and privileges and becoming a majority in many areas, changing the culture of their nation. Why should they expect us to?

Leslie Anderson Roswell, Ga.

Soviet Enforcers

I think the Soviet troops are stationed in Cuba [Oct. 8] as enforcers.

If Premier Castro should ever leave office, these troops could help ensure that his successor .will follow the same hard Communist line.

Fred Feingold Hollis Hills, N. Y.

No one has mentioned the possibility that the Soviet troops are in Cuba to forestall a Cuban uprising while Castro sends his own troops to do the Soviets’ work around the globe, including probably the Panama Canal and the rest of Central and South America. Does anyone seriously believe they are there to attack Key West?

Bernard W. Rich Clearwater, Fla.

So the Government is going to monitor the Soviet troops in Cuba. I hope this won’t be the same intense scrutiny that let them go unnoticed to begin with.

Justin Abelow New York City

Both the U.S. and the Soviet Union should pack their bags and get out of Cuba completely. It seems to be the fate of this country to fall under the prey of the gringo eagle or the Red bear. Will these two creatures ever understand that the Cuban people also have the human right of self-determination?

Marco T. Sanchez San Francisco

Blacks and the P.L.O.

We, the people of Palestine, have suffered long enough, and it is time that the people of the world realize this. Support for the Israelis is fine as long as they agree to meet with the P.L.O. The Rev. Jesse Jackson [Oct. 8] and the other black leaders of the U.S. have taken a big step in achieving real lasting peace in the Middle East by meeting with the leaders of the P.L.O. and the other Arab countries involved.

Seyed Muhammad Ghotbi Towson, Md.

If I had ever seen a picture of the Rev. Jesse Jackson hugging the leaders of the Ku Klux Klan after they have beaten or murdered innocent black children, then I might be able to give more credence to his pompous piety.

Lawrence D. Freedman, M.D. Newport Beach, Calif.

As a black I find it ludicrous that black American leaders are now preoccupied with the P.L.O. cause. I wonder how many are also concerned with the cause of blacks in Dominica, 60,000 of whom are homeless because of Hurricane David.

Ernest Merrill Flatts, Bermuda

I, an American Jew, would like to ask the Zionists to explain in language Jackson can understand the difference between the P.L.O.’s denial of Israel’s right to exist today and the denial by the Zionists of a similar right of Palestine prior to 1948.

Perhaps they can also explain to the Rev. Jackson why the Jews maintained the right to reclaim their property after being driven from it 2,000 years ago, while the Palestinians who fled their homes after the war in 1948 maintained no similar right.

David Neuman Santa Barbara, Calif.

Eyes of Justice

In light of the California court’s ruling that police can’t use 45-power telescopes [Oct. 8], I’m glad I’m not a cop there. What is the next limit on police power? Could it be the seven-power binoculars I use on robbery and burglary stakeouts? Is the day coming when the courts will deny eyeglasses to policemen with poor eyesight because technology is improving their vision? If so, then justice is indeed blind.

Earl Brutsche

Patrolman, Surveillance Unit Battle Creek, Mich.

Your article states that since Paul Halvonik is a judge and his wife Deborah a lawyer, “they were spared the humiliation of booking, fingerprinting and mug-shooting.”

Am I to understand that anyone other than a judge or a lawyer finds these police procedures less humiliating?

Joan Bylaw Rouses Point, N. Y.

The Jane and Tom Show

If Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden weren’t protesting against nuclear energy [Oct. 8], they would be protesting against something else. I sometimes believe they receive pleasure from ridiculing the U.S. As a refugee from Communism, I appreciate the greatness of this country.

Francisco Monteagudo North Miami Beach

The Fonda-Hayden message regarding economic democracy is logical enough. Only through ensuring accountability to the public and periodic full disclosure will business enterprises pay more attention to the public interest than they do at present.

John A. Steffen Milwaukee

Kissinger for President?

Reading the excerpts of Henry Kissinger’s White House Years [Oct. 8] I deeply regret that a law prevents him from ever being a presidential candidate.

How enjoyable it would be to vote once —for an intelligent, sensitive man, respected in the world for his diplomatic skills as well as his logic.

Marie-Odile Colson Sonoma, Calif.

When Henry Kissinger dismisses the deals of the Viet Nam War protesters as ‘stimulated by a sense of guilt encouraged by modern psychiatry and the radical chic rhetoric of affluent suburbia,” he is forgetting the thousands of Viet Nam vets who joined those ranks upon their return home. As to his statement that we could not end the war “as if we were switching a television channel,” the protest movement’s apt response was that we saw no sense in continuing an unfounded horror show switched on by others.

James Kleinklaus Port Jefferson, N. Y.

I bet there are lots of protests against the “immorality” of the Kissinger-Nixon bombing of Cambodia from many left-of-center people who stood mute during these past four years while the Cambodian Communists killed more than 2 million people.

Lewis Simone Savannah, Ga.

After reading Kissinger’s account of the Cambodian bombing, one is left with the impression that we were wrong not to have bombed the area sooner, not, as the antiwar crowd claims, that we were wrong to have bombed at all.

Will Larsson Anaconda, Mont.

Henry Kissinger seems wedded to past mistakes. He apparently still believes that the Viet Nam War was the invasion of South Viet Nam by the Communists, in which “we could not simply walk away … and abandon a small country to tyranny”—when actually it was a civil war in which neither side was morally any better than the other, and in which we intervened to our sorrow.

Larry Wakefield Traverse City, Mich.

While reading Kissinger’s “brilliant” words about a coherent foreign policy, we should remember that on his advice, the war in Viet Nam continued for an extra four years. Untrained as I am in the subtleties of foreign affairs, I find this policy stupid and wicked.

Why are we still listening to this man?

Moses Moon Occidental, Calif.

Library Crime

Some admittance procedure must be worked out and security provision instituted to protect the New York Public Library [Oct. 8 ]. It is not that difficult to tell the derelict from the opsimath or the autodidact from the pot pusher. We cannot afford to hand over yet another basion of civilization to the barbarians of New York City.

John W. Price New York City

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