Letters: Nov. 12, 2001

The Fear Factor

"Our suspicion of things around us is more toxic than any threat. It won't be nerve gas that destroys us--it will be our own fears." AMY M. MALLOY Kodiak, Alaska

The galvanization of the emergency services to the anthrax threat and the raising of public awareness have increased the likelihood that we will be able to weather effectively a possible major event [NATION ON THE EDGE, Oct. 22]. These alarms act in the same way a vaccine would to improve the immune system's ability to recognize a pathogen. DAVID S. RICHARD Selinsgrove, Pa.

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