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August 25, 1991
Three cheers for CNN! Once again they were so far ahead of the Big Three that there's no comparison. On the evening of Aug. 21, when Gorbachev returned to Moscow and got off the plane, CNN was broadcasting live. Where were the three "major" networks? And the wizards of programming at the major networks wonder why their market shares are plummeting. HOLLY K. HAMLIN Diamond Bar
May 8, 1985
While children and young students of the Soviet Union express their hope for peace and good relations with the United States, and particularly their hope for the elimination of nuclear threats, young students of Beverly Hills seem to be living in a different world, one of immaturity, ignorance and cultural insensitivity, to say the least. It was quite disheartening to read your report (Times, April 24) on the visit of Beverly Hills high school students to the Soviet Union. Instead of appreciating that opportunity to try to build friendship with their Soviet counterparts, they were busy smuggling magazines, T-shirts, and selling them illegally, and playing spies and adventurers--the kind of junk they watch on TV. It is a shame that there was barely any good thing they could say about the friendly people who warmly received them in their country, and who look to these cultural exchanges between the two countries as very important in achieving peace for all. JACK E. WILLIAMS Fresno
August 11, 1987
I disagree with some of the conclusions of Cox and I am not so sure that, except for an end to the arms race and an end to the possibility of nuclear war, I wish Gorbachev to survive and to succeed. If democracy comes to the Soviet Union, there is no real reason to believe that it will cease to attempt to expand its influence throughout other parts of the globe. Indeed, much of the world (particularly the Muslim countries) which views the Soviet Union with suspicion on the basis of its goal of subverting the rest of us to communism may now very well perceive a democratic Soviet Union as less a threat or as no threat and welcome its friendship and its support.
April 1, 1988
Richard Pipes is right when he says that for a long time the Soviet Union unjustifiably claimed it had solved all nationality problems ("For the Last Empire, the Clock Is Ticking," Op-Ed Page, March 15). That was the reflection of the recent practice which we today call a period of stagnation. The policies of perestroika and glasnost are changing that practice. It was decided that one of the forthcoming plenums of the Communist Party's Central Committee will be dedicated specifically to the nationality question.
December 10, 1989 | ALLAN H. MELTZER, ALLAN H. MELTZER is J ohn M. Olin Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. and
Should we borrow from Japan and others to lend to the Soviet Union? That's what we would do if we followed the advice of those who urge a Marshall Plan for the Soviet Union. For Eastern Europe, the case is a bit more complicated. Most of these countries pay imperial tribute to the Soviet Union by exporting food and manufactured goods in exchange for the low-quality goods that they are required to buy from the Soviets.
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