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Hatred Runs Deep in Kosovo

Regarding the article "Kosovo's Plea For Help," June 30: The author's demand to place Kosovo under trusteeship is absurd.

After World War II, the Communist dictator Marshal Tito was always particularly interested in weakening the position of the Serbs. He decreed that all the Serbian nationals who fled the Albanian occupation in Kosovo were not allowed to go to their homes after the war. In order to trade with the communist-Muslim leaders and to further debilitate Serbs, Tito in 1970 granted semiautonomous rule to the Kosovo region.

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In 1389 at Kosovo Field, Ottoman Turks defeated Serbs and their allies, who were defending Europe from impending invasion. The invaded Serbian lands were under Turkish rule for 450 years. When the Serbs finally got the Turks out, they decided then that they would rather fight and die than live again in a Muslim state. The Serbs have the same feeling today. Zorica Bastic, Mexico City Yugoslavian Embassy, Mexico Forests and jobs The article "Small Northwest Businesses, Towns Hit Hard by Timber Controversy," July 14, misses two essential points:

First, the proposed logging reductions are the absolute minimum that forestry experts - not politicians - determined are necessary to keep this nation's last old-growth ecosystem from disappearing.

Second, timber workers are responding favorably to the substantial job transition elements of the plan, according to an opinion survey conducted by the Pacific Rivers Council. This is particularly true regarding the president's proposal to spend $300 million to $350 million for up to 3,000 transition jobs devoted to restoring the region's watershed and forests.

The plan may not be ideal but is an honest attempt to ensure sustainable jobs in a sustainable forest, in place of the collapse of both. Sharon L. Newsome, Washington National Wildlife Federation

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