Brazil

The article (Editorial Pages, Jan. 14) by Eliana do Nascimento surprised me. Even though I might be related to the lady, as my mother's last name was also Ramos. I feel that there are many, more qualified people to speak on Brazil then a political science student who obviously is bitter at the treatment of her father.

She insults millions of young Brazilians who have contributed to the "Economic Miracle" and in so doing have created a middle class. She forgets the conditions that existed in Brazil at the time the military took over and the great leap forward that occurred thereafter.

The generals leave Brazil in far better shape than they found it, and most Brazilians are better off today than they were 20 years ago.

Brazil is no different than many Third World nations in having inflation problems. But when I see the progress that has occurred in my native land in the last 30 to 40 years, I am very proud of what the Brazilian people have done and I include the military in that assessment.

GEORGE B. PICHEL

Los Angeles

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