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Sailing Ships

August 25, 1986

Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger is wrong. He should let the Navy build a new tall ship. Twenty million dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to today's defense spending.

If we build a tall ship, Russia would then build a bigger sailing ship. We would retaliate with a bigger one. Soon the seas would be full of sailing ships again. Both sides would realize how ridiculous it is to keep building electronic, smart-bomb, billion-dollar steel fleets.

Hence a treaty: sailing ships only, and no cannons. It's worth a try.

DUKE RUSSELL

Hollywood

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