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Roxani Gillespie

July 16, 1989

The following is from a letter I wrote to Roxani Gillespie after reading "Who is Roxani Gillespie?" by Bella Stumbo (June 4):

Don't misjudge us. We're not "pussycats," to use your very condescending term for consumer advocates. We want fair rates for services rendered and are willing to pay reasonable costs for reasonable coverage. But we don't want to be gouged, and we believe that an industry that can spend $85 million dollars to defeat a popular initiative has a very large financial cushion with which to provide the rollbacks that have now been mandated.

I think you should listen to the voters, Ms. Gillespie, especially if you intend to campaign for the office you now occupy. We're watching you, and your boss, very attentively.

CHARLES L. LAYNE

Los Angeles

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