A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 15, 1980

Barry Kalb, TIME'S Eastern Europe correspondent since December 1978, has been to Poland six times, visiting nearly every region and major city of the country. As long ago as last winter, he reported that the troubled Polish economy was deteriorating sharply, bringing strangling inflation and a plummeting standard of living. "Despite the painfully obvious problems, the Communist Party seemed to be doing nothing of substance to improve the situation," he recalls. "Intellectuals and dissidents were warning that the people's patience was about at an end." Last week Kalb was back in Poland, talking with shipyard workers in Gdansk, coal miners in...

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