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Citizen Diplomats Likened to Dupes

January 22, 1987

In the article, "A 'citizen diplomat' seeks ties to Long Beach in Moscow," (Southeast/Long Beach sections, Jan. 1), Richard Madeira "dismisses arguments that he and other citizen diplomats are Kremlin dupes." But having long made a study of America's leftist/pacifist-peace movement, it is my considered opinion that many of them are.

The fact that Mayor Ernie Kell "is eager to have a Soviet sister city" is understandable. Mayor Kell along with three other City Council members are, or have been, members of the Long Beach Area Citizens Concerned--and similar left-wing groups around the country are pressuring their city governments to do the same.

SIDNEY S. WATTS

Long Beach

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