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Printers Stationers Mailers Typesetters High Speed Web Offset Publication Press Counseling Designing Copy Writing Editing Trade Computer Sales and Services Complete Computer Data Processing Services *FUTURA PRESS AUSTIN TEXAS FIJIPTIUNIM 512/442-7836 1714 South Congress P.O. Box 3485 Austin, Texas 78764 ON REAGAN THE MAN AND HIS PRESIDENCY By RONNIE WOOER Send us $20 and we will send you an autographed copy of Ronnie Dugger’s acclaimed book on Ronald Reagan. \(Postage included; Texas residents Name Address City State Zip The Texas Observer 600 West 7th Austin, Texas 78701 Personal Service Quality Insurance AUCE ANDERSON AGENCY INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE 808A E. 46th, Austin, Texas 459-6577 the legendary RAW DEAL Steaks, Chops, Chicken open lunch and evenings 605 Sabine, Austin No Reservations Life Insurance and Annuities Martin Elfant, CLU 4223 Richmond, Suite 213, Houston, TX 77027 SYILife spokesperson for Merrill-Lynch Capital Markets in New York told the Austin American-Statesman recently: “[HL&P’s] relationship with Wall Street is not among the best, to say the least.” DIALOGUE Renounce First-Strike Though understated, the ABC movie “The Day After” was stark enough that it should prompt more Americans to think about how to oppose nuclear hair triggers and still support a strong nuclear defense to deter nuclear war until we can negotiate a bilateral freeze and progressive arms reductions. In the televised discussion immediately following the movie, all of the experts agreed we must find ways to prevent nuclear war. Yet most of our actions in recent years and those planned now on both sides only increase the nuclear risk. For years we have been talking nuclear deterrence while actually building for a nuclear first-strike capability. My suggestion is that Congress end the nuclear arms race by stopping the production of first-strike nuclear weapons \(those capable of surprise attack to destroy Soviet weapons in hardened Trident II. They are suitable only for starting a nuclear war. Instead the Congress should gradually replace our vulnerable existing first-strike nuclear weapons with smaller, slower, less expensive, and more survivable secondstrike nuclear weapons which would strengthen our nuclear deterrent. If we renounce a first-strike strategy and concentrate instead on deterring a nuclear war, the Soviet Union’s firststrike weapons immediately would become obsolete. They no longer would be needed to defend against our firststrike weapons. They would be useless against our second-strike weapons \(which would be on subs at sea or bombers in the air and therefore immune would not dare to strike at our cities because they know we have enough survivable second-strike nuclear weapons to destroy virtually every militarily significant target in the Soviet Union. Tom Burtis, 3706 47th St., Lubbock, Tx. 79413. 22 DECEMBER 9, 1983