On Dec. 5, I heard on the radio President Reagan saying that what struck him at the summit was the recognition of how beneficial it would be if there suddenly arose a threat to the United States and to the Soviet Union from some other planet in the universe.
It should be brought to the President's attention (and to those of his audience to whom this point of view appeals) that we already have enough common threat to worry about--that posed by the nuclear weapons, which we have together researched, and together developed and together built, just as if our own nuclear weapons were pointed at ourselves and the Soviets at themselves.
Furthermore, we have the urgent threat of understanding and countering AIDS and perhaps other new diseases, and the challenge of understanding and countering old diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, and circulatory disorders.
And we have very little time to prepare (whether we solve these problems or not) for continued productive life, with freedom, in a world in which high-quality, easy-to-find and exploit, fuel and minerals are being exhausted. These are major responsibilites of U.S. government, which we are not now fulfilling. Not one of us can count on escaping (and having one's family escape) destruction by nuclear war, painful death by AIDS or cancer, and it is well within our power to do something about each of these problems.