International -- Readers Report
DON'T PREJUDGE FREE-HEROIN POLICY (int'l edition)
Could it be that your prejudice got in the way of your judgment when you ridiculed Canberra in "A town out of touch stirs unease...." (Spotlight on Australia, Feb. 5)? You are surely aware of Zurich's successful and longstanding program of supplying free heroin to registered addicts. Did you know that the Dutch government has applied for permission to import quantities of heroin for the same purpose? Please feel free to snigger at those silly foreigners while you enjoy the view of upper Manhattan on your way to Greenwich, Conn.
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NOT ALL QUEBEC EXECS FEAR SOVEREIGNTY (int'l edition)
When you state that "as fears of sovereignty rise, companies may cut back--or flee" ("Business in Quebec is voting with its feet," International Business, Feb. 5), you echo only one side of the dialogue de sourds [dialogue of the deaf] that passes for political debate in Canada. Whether they are right or not, prominent, successful actors of Quebec's business community consider sovereignty as a positive step towards a revived economy. The least BUSINESS WEEK's William Symonds could have done is provide your readers with perspective from the French-speaking business establishment, which holds both sovereignists and federalists within its ranks. And yes, all of them speak English.
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