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U.S.-Soviet TV Addresses

January 12, 1986

I was very touched to see our world leaders exchanging air time on New Year's Day. It all seemed so beautiful on the surface.

To see Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and hear his desires for better understanding between our two countries filled me with hope until I remembered that this is the same man who sanctions placing mines in toys to be found and played with by Afghan children, thereby maiming and crippling them.

I was very saddened when I remembered. I cried for the innocent children whose hands and faces have been blown away. What can I do as an individual to help stop these atrocities to the children in Afghanistan?

How can we trust a man who would deliberately inflict pain and suffering to defenseless children?

How can we believe anything Gorbachev says when he demonstrates that the "end justifies any means"--even maming children?

JULIE SCHARFE

Pasadena

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