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'A Gold Mine in Your Home'

September 30, 1988

You are of course correct when you state that the presidential campaign has been more "cotton candy" than substantive (editorial, Sept. 18).

No less correct is William Schneider's dismissive "The Evil of Two Lessers" (Opinion, Sept. 18).

The real issues are reflected in Bennett Harrison and Barry Bluestone's "New Jobs: a Minus in the Middle" (Opinion, Sept. 18). And in Clarence Y.H. Lo's "Candidates Should Recall Origins of the Tax Revolt," whose advice to Bush is to be "bold" enough to promise to cut the tax rate on the middle, not the upper class," and smart enough to stop talking about messing around with the capital gains tax (Opinion, Sept. 18).

True enough--and "good medicine for the 1990 recession." But the winner in November will be the candidate who in October convinces the electorate that he has a plan--a specific plan--that will enable today's generation to buy the $219,000 home (in Orange County) or the $189,000 home (in L.A. County) that is the "obsession" of the middle class (Pillsbury column).

Why should housing be more affordable to the homeless than for those couples who are working one to four jobs to fulfill the American Dream of home ownership?

JOHN CARL BROGDON

Long Beach

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