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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. : Once It's Trash, It Becomes Fair Game

December 30, 1990

I have been reading with much interest all the stories about the great "trash-scavenging incident" occurring daily throughout Orange County.

What a sorry commentary it makes on those of us who get scavenged off (the "haves") and those who scavenge (the "have-nots"). Does it really make a difference to the haves that their trash is rummaged through?

I mean, after all, it is our garbage. By putting it out at the street, we have indicated that we are through with it--it is trash.

And, after all, the Supreme Court has upheld the fact that we give up our right to privacy once we put trash at the curb--any items found in it can be used as evidence against us.

CHARLES J. CORPENING, El Toro

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