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President Reagan's Veto of the Clean Water Act

November 22, 1986

I have the whole thing figured out. President Reagan doesn't want us to drop dead all at once in a nuclear war, he wants us to die a little bit each day from poisoned drinking water.

There's another rationale, of course. If poisons in the water eventually sicken or kill us off, then the Russians won't have anyone to attack, and President Reagan will have effectively found a "defense" against nuclear war.

HELEN KELEMAN

Los Angeles

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