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To the editors:

About John Holden's story on Emerald City [Neighborhood News, October 2] none can claim they didn't know. "Dream no little dreams," Mayor Carter Harrison told us back when this century was young. Martin Luther King heard him, and so, too, even earlier, did "great statesman" Vito Marzullo. The 60s were the last chance, but First National had its head full of dreams of big profits from putting its money into such countries as Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina when the need was to bind up this city's wounds by directing a "critical mass" of investment to the west side.

At least we have Circle. Though a substantial Italian community had to scatter, there is little hard feeling now. Mayor Daley had a dream and he planted a tree. Are we too far sunk for anything like it to happen now?

I may not understand this scavenger sale business, but it would seem to me the Reverend Wordlaw's congregation, having both the inspiration and the resources, could buy these properties from the tax-defaulting owners and by paying the taxes cause the commission to stub its toe--and from a prone position, join in a reasoning together as the good book says . . . and make way a path for the Lord's children into the future.

It's the white man that has laid the golden eggs. Pray that the Reverend Wordlaw will be too proud to resort to excuses for his church failing to arrest the neighborhood's decline over a period of more than 50 years.

Ours is Indian country! White? Black? We're both interlopers here. We're not operating with divine guidance when we have a falling out. The west side is a big place. Only a tiny piece of it will be required for Vito's dream to come true. When it does, 3,000 beds won't be enough for County. Our hospital of last resort could bring peace closer for five billion people than anything hassled over in Washington thus far. Once we're a nation every other nation wants to have around, we'll be safer than in church, every laudable public work doable, and more money in every pocket than very many human beings ever saw before!

Lincoln Edmands

E. 76th Street

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