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A Chinese Emigre's View of Dissent in U.S.

October 31, 2003

Re "Dissing Dissent," Opinion, Oct. 26: If Chinese expatriate and Berkeley resident Liu Baifang is honestly concerned with the health of this country's freedoms, she might well consider these questions: How many times did Chairman Mao face a legitimate election or referendum? What mainstream Chinese periodical, then or now, would publish an opinion piece similar to "Dissing Dissent"?

Stuart Weiss

Beverly Hills

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Baifang's opinion piece is a powerful indictment of the Bush administration's march toward secrecy in government, the likes of which we have never seen before. This is an article that should be a warning to the American people and be required reading for all students in California.

Roy T. Kobayashi

Fullerton

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