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Chronicling the Big Chill in Los Angeles

December 18, 1988

Regarding Paul Ciotti's article on the isolation of Los Angeles residents, there will be those who will say that it is typical of this area. That solves nothing. Fear and uncertainty can gnaw at one anywhere.

More than 60 years ago, in New York, one heard the same thing: that to say "Hello" to someone was to be greeted with a rebuff. Why? Because he'd think you wanted something. Very large cities have similar anguishes. Perhaps they truly reflect a world Angst better than do the small towns. If so, they will prove to be better testing grounds for a cure, if any.

JOSEPH P. KRENGEL

Santa Monica

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