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Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter in response to the article cataloging the three major presidential candidates' positions on various issues ["Where The Candidates Stand," Oct. 23]. In describing Bill Clinton's and George Bush's plans for health care reforms, the articles were certainly accurate. However, it should be pointed out that there is a third alternative, which, in my opinion, would truly ensure that all Americans receive proper and adequate health services while controlling health care costs, which stand at near 14% of GNP and are rising.

This alternative has been proposed by Representative Monty Russo (D-Ill.) as "Universal Health Care Act of 1991," HR1300. Bill Clinton's position on health care reforms has evolved over the course of the campaign and it is important that those who believe in health care for all Americans make his campaign aware of their support for this universal health care plan.

Minghsun Liu `94

A Safe Ride Incident

I was rather amused when I read the recent article concerning the expansion of the program A Safe Ride, ["Institute to Double Safe Ride Program," Oct. 23] because of something I witnessed last week.

One evening, I was returning to Random Hall from campus soon after sundown. Standing at the front door were three people waiting for a Safe Ride van which was across the street to turn around and come pick them up. The driver leaned out the window, called to the people waiting, and told them to cross the street to board the van. They called back and said there were too many cars for them to cross the street, and the driver very rudely yelled back that if they wanted the van to come across to the other side of the street, they would have to turn it around themselves, since he wasn't going to -- on account of the dense traffic.

I have no idea what the outcome of this situation was, since I went inside at that point. When I read the article, however, I quickly remembered the incident. How do the Campus Police plan to encourage use of the shuttle service if their drivers are rude and refuse to perform the job we are paying them for, namely to promote the safety of MIT students?

Kevin Lynch `96