Letters

Crime and Roe v. Wade

Professor Jessica Reyes’ theory that the Clean Air Act has been a major factor in crime reduction in our country over recent years is good and interesting, adding to the consequences of economic growth, increased police forces and lower unemployment (“Air rage,” College Row, Winter 2008). However, economists and the public seem to ignore the effect of Roe v. Wade in 1973.

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Ghost writerNo offense meant to the amazingly overachieving Amherst alumni we hear about all the time, but as I read the gripping account of Dave Stringer ’64 and his brother, John ’72 (“Ghost Writer,” Winter 2008), I found myself thinking, with an awareness of the tragic irony: Finally, an alumnus I can relate to. As I learned about John and the demons he struggled with, and as I saw the pictures, I was starkly reminded of my own time at Amherst and demons that sound similar to his.