The World's Water Supply
The entire human race should applaud your series "The World's Water," May 27, especially the comments of Joyce Starr and Jacques Yves-Cousteau. In spite of the obvious starvation and drastic shortage of water in Haiti, Africa, India, China, and elsewhere, the ecological illiterates in and out of government are unable or unwilling to see that overpopulation is the root cause. A few billions spent on population control would pay permanent dividends. John M. Anderson, Abbeville, La.
Congratulations on the comprehensive and complete presentation of the water challenge situation. This is the best coverage I've seen of an area greatly ignored by our society. Chet Bohlman, Tigard, Ore. Nonviolent actions
With so much violence and war in the world, it was refreshing to see four articles concerned with nonviolent action in your June 3 issue: Serbs staging antigovernment protests in the streets of Belgrade, Asians using the power of humor to cast shame on tyrannical rulers, the United Nations imposing economic sanctions on the Serbian government, and a review of two new books on dissent in China.
Nonviolent "people power" is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the realm of world politics. It undermined communist regimes in eastern Europe, prevented a coup in Moscow, and most recently forced the prime minister of Thailand to resign. Thank you for giving nonviolent struggle the coverage it deserves. Roger Powers, Cambridge, Mass., Special Projects Coordinator, The Albert Einstein Institution Perot's influence
Regarding the editorial "The Perot Phenom," May 20: Yes, there is a government and a political process and we disgruntled Americans know how it works. It doesn't! We plan to hold Ross Perot to his word and restore basic principles to this government's operations that will ensure liberty and justice for all. Maria Kramer, Newtown, Pa.
The article "Pundits Weigh Perot's Prospects," May 22, has me somewhat confounded. Ross Perot has come into the political spotlight at a time when Americans are fed up with the performance of our elected officials. He stands as a beacon of hope for a faltering system. In this light, why does Earl Black find it "amazing," that people are reaching out for this new symbol? How can David Gergen find it "astonishing" that the people are giving support to one who has a cleaner slate than either George Bush or Bill Clinton? Is it amazing and astonishing that voters are displeased that Washington has allowed the economy to deteriorate? A vote for Mr. Perot in November is a vote against the Bush administration. Robert McGowan, Hamburg, N.Y.