The cartoon ''The Rich-Poor Gap,'' June 23, seems to imply that those with plenty of the good life are separated from the needy by a failed or weak sense of ''conscience.'' Cartoonist Jeff Danziger seems to be blaming individuals when he should be taking aim at the attitudes and the situations that have produced the problem. The legal and illegal taking of property is probably the prime source of the troubles, but not far behind is the expectation that an outside To improve economy, buy American
There is a better solution to the trade deficit than suggested by the authors of the opinion-page article ''Solution to the Trade Deficit With Japan: Cap It,'' June 8.
It would be advantageous to the United States to encourage Americans to buy American products. Not only would it reduce our trade deficit and reduce the interest that we have to pay on our debts, it would increase employment and thus improve greatly all of the family and social problems that accompany unemployment.
Yale J. Berry Boston
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