Urban Problems and GOP Policies

I read the article with much disgust after seeing the subhead, "Virtually everything that ails our cities can be traced to federal policies spawned by the Reagan/Bush agenda."

I must ask you, can you think of any current problem in the big cities that was not discussed on the front page of The Times in the late '60s and early '70s? I cannot. Poverty, violence, drugs, disease, homelessness, lack of employment, lack of affordable housing, weakening tax base, poor public health services--everyone of these were front-page issues not only in Los Angeles but most all our big cities.

I worry that the authors' lack of historical insight is matched only by their desire to push their personal agenda.

MICHAEL B. HURLEY

Granada Hills

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