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Our readers wrote letters throughout 1990 expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters to help us remember the events that mattered to Orange County readers this past year. We would like to thank the readers who took the time to share their viewpoints and look forward to hearing from them and others in 1991. : Winds of Change in Mission Viejo

December 30, 1990

We're lucky to be witnessing such amazing political changes around the world.

First, we see the Soviet Union, Romania and other Eastern Bloc countries changing their political systems to permit dissenting points of view. Now this momentum has spread to Mission Viejo.

One of the five Mission Viejo council members, Robert A. Curtis, dares to express points of view that put him at odds with the powerful Mission Viejo Co., the town's builder.

The company was so fearful of this lone voice of dissent that it and friends spent $500,000 in a filed effort to recall him, while he defended himself with a paltry $39,000. To top it off, a couple of Curtis' fellow council members took the unusual action of joining the recall effort against their colleague.

Now let's see what happens in November when these council members are up for reelection. Will the council members take money from the company? Will the company's endorsement be their "kiss of death"? Or will the council members get the voters' message that they want controlled growth and independent-minded representatives?

GREG NELSON, Mission Viejo

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