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Carl Sagan

December 29, 1996

* The death of Carl Sagan is the loss of a national treasure (Dec. 21). Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) cuts across all socioeconomic levels. Hundreds of us are transfusion-dependent, consider bone marrow biopsy and live with chronic fatigue.

We ask that more federal money be allotted for research into the treatment and management of MDS. Most of us go to a hema- tologist/oncologist who tells us, "We just don't know much about this disease." The rarity of MDS should not diminish its importance. For more information phone the Aplastic Anemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation at 1(800) 747-2820.

JOAN WEISS HOLLENBECK

Laguna Beach

* The untimely passing of Carl Sagan should make us pause and reflect upon his findings and beliefs.

Whether there is life or not elsewhere in the universe, it does not change our need to humble ourselves and seek ways to retain the blessing of life granted us on planet Earth, secure it for future generations and extend our exploration of space to reach out to all of humanity, wherever they be, with hands of friendship.

HYMAN H. HAVES

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