It has often been aid that the peoples' perception of justice is as important as justice itself. Many respectable people perceive Bork as a judge who would not provide "equal justice for all." For this reason alone, Bork should not be confirmed regardless of his individual merit.
This rule clearly applies to judges of all political persuasion, as the voters of this state decided when they recently denied reelection for three Supreme Court justices.
Since there are so many qualified conservative candidates for the Supreme Court, the President's selection of Bork, knowing in advance that a major controversy would erupt, seems to have been a calculated maneuver to divert attention from the Iran- contra affair. He succeeded.
ALVIN S. KAUFER