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Should the US Extend Diplomatic Recognition to the Baltics?

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Regarding the article ``Lithuanians Expect Soviets to Try to Seize Parliament,'' Jan. 18: The Soviet Union's decision to attempt the intimidation and ousting of the democratically elected governments of the Baltic republics is an affront to the peoples of the world who believe in the rights of free representation and self-determination. We, as citizens of a nation founded by the quondam oppressed, should establish full diplomatic relations with the Baltic republics. Their peaceful egress from illegal Soviet domination is in the best interests of our country and the Soviet Union. We should never forget the remarkable courage of those who fight and die for the freedoms we enjoy.

Matthew J. McGuire, Washington

Canada follows dangerous path The article ``Economists Weigh the Costs of Independent Quebec,'' Jan. 16, requires clarification. There is no legal way Quebec can separate from Canada, referendum or not. To attempt illegal separation would result in civil war. The aspirations of a few modern-day Napoleons on the provincial scene and weak and ineffectual federal politicians are leading Canada down a dangerous path eagerly paved for them by irresponsible news organizations.

Richard H. Eldridge, Vancouver, Canada

Let `adults' fight wars The article ``Do We Need a Draft?,'' Jan. 22, overlooked one important aspect of military service. Throughout history, we ``adults'' have been in charge of the governments of the world. When things go wrong, however, and events lead us into war, we call upon our youth to do the fighting and dying, to give their lives for our mistakes.


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