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Nuclear Optimist

July 20, 1986

I am one of the optimists in the Nuclear Age referred to by Bernard Lown and Conn Nugent in their article (Editorial Pages, June 24). My concern about nuclear and space weapons, based upon a 35-year career in the military-industrial complex, closely parallels theirs.

The article ends, "We need a concrete, common-sense step to give us optimists some new reason for hope." Because we live in America, a "common-sense step" is already available to us. Money for everything from toilet seats to nuclear weapons is controlled by Congress. All we have to do is write or call our elected representatives; tell them we don't want money spent on nuclear weapons.

A downturn in weapons design, production and test, will be the "new reason for hope."

LARRY KELBLEY

Rancho Palos Verdes

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