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President Clinton, and Prime Minister Tony Blair, why are you quiet? You stood behind the native Albanians irrespective of their religion. Why not stand also behind the native Sudanese irrespective of their color or religion?

The African Sudanese need help. They need a voice to speak for them because they are voiceless. Please help!

Elisabeth Achan Ogwaro
Wolverhampton, England


Miami Advice

Peter Noel's article "Portraits in Racial Profiling" [March 21] will hopefully send a message to everyone. However, racial profiling is not the reason the police are overly active in certain areas of the city. They concentrate in areas that have an unusually high level of drug-related activity and other crimes, and are therefore confronted by heightened tensions that can lead to accidents.

One thing is certain; without effective communication nothing will change. That is the reason for my proposal to integrate police patrol teams. My statement that "Giuliani is responsible for the killing of Amadou Diallo," resulted, as was noted in Noel's article, from the mayor's failure to implement the type of plan I proposed to end police brutality while I was Miami Beach city commissioner.

In a city as racially and ethnically diverse as New York, it is only common sense for patrol teams to have at least one member who reflects the predominant racial and ethnic makeup of the area they patrol. For example, in parts of Queens where there are large numbers of Asian residents, it could only help if one or both of the patrol team members reflect the racial, ethnic, and linguistic makeup of the neighborhood.

Better communication alone will not solve all the problems facing the police and the public they are sworn to protect, but it is a starting point. The mayor should implement my plan to integrate police patrol teams.

Abe Hirschfeld
Manhattan


Principles and Convictions

Thank you for J.A. Lobbia's April 11 Towers & Tenements column about the conviction of real estate broker Steve Gluck on charges of aggravated harassment against me ["Ludlow Street Hang-Up"]. There is one overriding factor in this case: I was the victim. I had no choices when Mr. Gluck called me to harass me in the sanctity of my own home. No matter what Mr. Gluck or anyone thinks about my—and others'—lawful activism, personalities, or time- honored legitimate legal tactics, nobody has the right to do what he did. Every citizen has the right to advocate and complain to regulatory and enforcement agencies about adverse conditions in their community.

I'm glad that Mr. Gluck admitted his guilt, and also admitted that "a lot of things happening on the Lower East Side are the result of my office. . . . " If Mr. Gluck or anyone wants to meet me, they can make non-harassing phone calls or send me a note, as do numerous individuals and their attorneys. I am not inaccessible. People may not want to meet with other activists or with me if their motives are less than pure, as has been the case with numerous individuals who claim their establishments will result in the "betterment of the neighborhood."

These are the same types of individuals who have lied numerous times and whose operations are presented by real estate brokers as "white tablecloth restaurants" when they are actually loud DJ-driven clubs, driving residents crazy and destroying our communities.

Marcia H. Lemmon
Chair, Ludlow Block Association
Lower East Side


Water World

I must respond to the item in James Ridgeway's March 28 Mondo Washington column headlined "Dam Shame: Beyond Crying for the Colorado." Ridgeway's statements about Lake Powell and the Colorado River becoming "a toxic sewer" are incredible, especially since these comments are filled with misinformation.

Lake Powell is one of the most magnificent lakes in the world. During the last 40 years an entire ecosystem has been created because of Glen Canyon Dam. There are 1960 miles of shoreline. The Audubon Society has just finished an observation that counted more than 91 species of birds.

A recently completed environtmenal study found that the use of Lake Powell includes swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking, sailing, and boating. More than 2.5 million people visit our area. Archaeological sites are still available for people to visit along the shores of Lake Powell and the Colorado River.

The Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam is not the same river it was 40 years ago, before the dam. It is a clear, beautiful river that has plants and invertebrates that many species of birds and fish feed upon. It is the home to native and non-native fish. Thousands of people now have the opportunity to take river trips and fish the Colorado River, which would not be possible if the natural flows before Glen Canyon Dam existed.

There is not an environmental crisis on Lake Powell or the Colorado River because of Glen Canyon Dam.

Val Gleave
President, Friends of Lake Powell
Page, Arizona


Shrugged Off

Norah Vincent, in her recent column on Ayn Rand, displayed some puzzlement over the growing popularity of Rand's philosophy [Higher Ed, March 21].

There is no need to be puzzled. In a culture empty of ideas above the superficial, Rand offers a philosophy consistently based on reason as an absolute.

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