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Ramona Ripston

May 20, 1993

In response to "Passion for Causes Shapes Life of ACLU's Ripston," May 11:

So Ramona Ripston has "spent 30 years on causes she felt would improve people's lives. . . ." How touching.

While she fights for the freedom of gang members to assemble, deal drugs and terrorize people in city parks, does this crusader ever give any thought to the families who can't go to the parks because of the gangs? Does she ever spend 30 seconds trying to improve the lives of little children who are imprisoned in their own homes while the gangs "occupy" the parks?

In scores of statements she has issued about the civil rights of gangs to assemble, she has never once said that innocent, law-abiding citizens have civil rights to not be harassed or killed by gangs.

ROBERT J. CRAFT

West Hills

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