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Spies in the diplomatic mission

The article regarding spies is an important contribution to public awareness of Soviet espionage [``Congress want to `even odds' in East-West spy game,'' Oct. 24]. I would add that there are more than 200 Soviets working in the US diplomatic mission in Moscow, and according to the State Department, most, if not all, report to the KGB. Hiring Soviet citizens to work in American diplomatic missions is an invitation to espionage. To improve security, I have introduced legislation to require that Soviets be replaced by Americans at the earliest opportunity. The legislation would also authorize funds to increase security at American diplomatic missions in Eastern Europe. Sen. Alan J. Dixon Washington

I read your editorial regarding the increasingly important role state governors are playing in trying to provide services the federal government has discontinued and in trying to bring economic opportunities to our states [``Governors to the fore,'' Aug. 12]. Arkansas is among the Southern states that have strongly felt the inflow of foreign imports. Our farmers and industrial workers have been hit hard and our unemployment is still too high. I, and the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, are working hard to bring new industries to our state to replace the plants that have closed. Our efforts include a recent two-week trade and investment mission to Asia.

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The lack of coordinated national trade policy has each state vying for overseas contracts to protect its own economy. State governors play a major role in implementing these negotiations. Gov. Bill Clinton Little Rock, Ark.

I was pleased with the article on the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center [``Living History,'' Oct. 9]. However, a correction is in order regarding the authenticity of the house and cooking stove. The original house was gutted by fire in the early 1840s. It was replaced by another in 1843. This house burned to the ground in 1867, to be replaced by the present structure. The cooking stove, while not manufactured in 1870 or before, is an exact replica of those of the period, with no fancy warming she lf and no ornate nickel-trimmed swinging shelves. Billie Gammon, Director Washburn-Norlands Living History Center Livermore, Maine

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