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States' 'Immunity'

July 04, 1999

I have read the recent opinions of the Supreme Court that have caused your paper so much concern (editorial, June 27). I don't know what the fuss is all about. This ruling does not in any way diminish the power of the federal government over the states. The argument that any agency administering a federal law would not have the resources to sue a state is nonsense. I recall a few examples where the federal government used its power in the form of armed troops to enforce its laws.

What this ruling will do is stop the avalanche of private lawsuits against the state that have no merit. In this lawsuit-frenzy climate it will be a relief to see this end.

SAMUEL ZARCOFF

Los Angeles

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It is fascinating to see the five "strict constructionists" on the Supreme Court adding rules that give "rights" to the states never mentioned in the Constitution. By so doing they have deprived citizens of their rights concerning equitable treatment by their state, since they have nowhere to turn for redress of wrongs committed by that state. What a misuse of their powers!

CYNTHIA L. MAZO

Venice

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