Letters, Jun. 26, 1950

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Information Please


It would have been much better if Mr. Trygve Lie had come back from his mission to Moscow [TIME, June 5] with empty hands rather than full of irony and disappointing statements . . .

All we are interested in, and we demand to know it from Mr. Lie, is what Stalin promised to Mr. Lie and what is his plan for cooperation towards peace in the world.

SOPHIE DENHAM Meringouin, La.

Big Bull


Congratulations on your bang-up story on the bull market [TIME, June 5]. The whole article was tremendously interesting and only TIME could do a job of this kind . . .


Philadelphia, Pa.


... I am amazed at your optimism ... I believe that the present position of this bull market is exceedingly dangerous, and I certainly hope that there are a few people in this country who have the common sense to remain bearish.


St. Paul, Minn.


There is an old stock market axiom—"When a bull market hits the front page it is time to sell stocks." Granting that the front cover of TIME is equivalent to the front page, we can test the axiom by making note of your June 5 issue, and observing later how near it was to the top of the bull market.


Denver, Colo. fl Time will tell.—ED.

Murder or Mercy?


Re the death of Virginia Braunsdorf in your story "Murder or Mercy?" [TIME, June 5]: I am compelled to ask the eternal question—"Why?" Similar cases are constantly occurring and yet we seem no nearer getting to the crux of the cause of these tragedies.

It would seem so unnecessary were doctors permitted to put these little spastic and other hopelessly deformed babies to sleep at time of birth. Why permit them to live—when by so doing, they become later an agony to themselves? . . .



Your write-up of the murder of Virginia Braunsdorf disturbs and disgusts me. You give the impression that a spastic is a hopeless case for which death is the logical, if illegal, solution. You should have at least investigated the records on cerebral palsy, the technical term for spasticity.

Many spastics have achieved distinction in various fields, and most of them, like most other people, are of normal mentality . . . I know whereof I speak. I am a spastic. " VASSAR MILLER

Houston, Texas



... In a June 5 Science story, you prattle about a whooping crane "born in captivity." Then you go on to speak of the birth of the baby crane.

Thank you, TIME. Thank you! For six decades I had been so damned ignorant that I thought cranes were hatched from eggs . . .

T. R. ENGLISH Little Rock, Ark.

Reader English passed too rapidly over the preceding lines: ". . .A precious egg had been hatched. From it had stepped a baby whooping crane. . ." —ED.

God, Logic & Windmills


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