Your article "Four Soviets Bring a Bit of Glasnost to Irvine" (June 3) might have left your readers wondering: How did those Soviets get here? Who brought them? The answer is--I brought them, and my friends and neighbors and other ordinary citizens all over the United States brought them, in an attempt by ordinary people in both of our countries to increase understanding and cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Our President and First Lady demonstrated for the whole world to see that one visit can bring astonishing shifts in attitude. Their visit to the Soviet Union offered a realistic hope that many of the differences between our two countries can be resolved.
Unfortunately, many tourists return having seen only their hotels and tourist attractions.
There is a better way! Last October I went with nine other Orange County residents to the U.S.S.R. as a Citizen Diplomat on a trip arranged by the San Francisco-based Center for U.S./U.S.S.R. Initiatives. Almost every day we were able to choose from the sightseeing offered by Intourist and meeting in small groups in Soviet homes. We chose the best of what Intourist offered and spent many evenings with a wide variety of Soviets--teachers, artists, students and engineers--most content to stay in the U.S.S.R. but also some refuseniks anxious to leave.