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Public Should Have Op-Ed Page Access

March 25, 1990

Sure, politicians will find opinion pages a "useful tool" (Times, March 15), but politicians need to be judged by what they do in office, how they vote and relate to their constituency, and not how effectively they write on-air proposals.

As "letters to the editors" have to be limited, reactions by and opinions of authorities and scholars, and ordinary citizens, should have greater access to the Op-Ed page. After all, the politicians as newsmakers can call press conferences, or the media can assign reporters to question them on issues of the day and timely topics. Such public airing of views by a politician's constituency has greater impact than letters to our representatives.

HYMAN H. HAVES

Pacific Palisades

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