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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. : Baby's Birth Was a True Spectacle

December 30, 1990

To deliver a baby using risky procedures like forceps and anesthesia for the sole reason to have the first baby born in the New Year is simply awful ("Baby Rushed Into World for TV," Jan. 3).

Then, if that's not endangering the baby's life enough, the baby was rushed out of the delivery room and displayed in front of a clapping, cheering crowd like an object. This baby is a person who needed the comfort and bonding of his mother's arms, not to be traumatized by bright lights and noise.

As a new mother, the most precious memory of my daughter's birth is holding her and nursing her right after she was born. There would have been no way that anyone would have taken my baby and run off with her to a crowd of germ-ridden, yelling people to be displayed like a New Year's trophy. Shame on Dr. Turner, shame on the Palmers and shame on Melodyland Christian Center.

PAT McCAFFREY, Huntington Beach

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