Letters, Oct. 4, 1971

Attica

Sir: The action taken by New York authorities in restoring order to the Attica prison is highly commendable [Sept. 27]. Surely those who criticize overlook the fact that the prisoners involved are desperately sick men whose ability to reason is seriously impaired if not totally destroyed. Such lawlessness cannot be tolerated; the action taken will, I hope, discourage future incidents of this nature.

ELIZABETH M. KEATING Jacksonville

Sir: It is remarkable to me that any state official was willing to trade so many human lives for the reassertion of state authority one day,...

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