I shudder to think that Nicolae Ceausescu's gut-wrenching "human warehouses" {"A Ceausescu Legacy: Warehouses for Children," front page, June 7} might somehow cause self-satisfied Americans to become complacent in regard to our own care for the handicapped and retarded.

"Places of shame" from the United States in the 18th century have reappeared in 20th century Eastern Europe, giving credence to the adage that history repeats itself and to the scriptural warning that the heart of man is deceitfully wicked.

Advocates for our "invisible minority" must remain alert and fight for those "throwaway hearts" who always seem to be stuck on the bottom rim of the financial resources ladder even in this land of plenty.

RICK QUINN Silver Spring

I don't think that there was a soul out there that wasn't wrenched from reading "A Ceausescu Legacy." Children starving, children dying and children longing for a human hand or voice all because the state mandated that they be born. In a state where women are denied birth control and abortions, thousands of children are born unwanted and abandoned to lives of utter hopelessness.

Not wanting to make grotesque exaggerations, I would just like to point out this sad story to those who wish to make abortions illegal in this country. Not that the United States would ever condone these orphan death camps, but to those of us living in Washington, reading frequent stories of mistreated and abandoned children born to mothers who are addicted to drugs, there can be seen an eerie similarity to the unwanted children of Romania.

There are unwanted children in the United States, and right here in Washington, too. Take away a woman's right to an abortion, and there's going to be a whole lot more of them.


The legacy that Nicolae Ceausescu left in Romania is but one extreme example of the way in which children's rights have been violated to support political and economic means. Hundreds of thousands of children across the globe die each year from health and nutrition-related preventable causes. As a statistic, the loss of each life is hard to comprehend. Through a photograph on the front page of The Post, however, it cannot be ignored.


As I was reading "A Ceausescu Legacy," I happened to glance over to page A35 and was appalled to see a huge supermarket advertisement. Half the page consisted of luncheon meats, cheeses, franks, etc. I was so absorbed by the article that when I saw the ad I was shocked, and then I was embarrassed: How would this look to a foreigner? America's abundance next to the world's horrifying starvation. To put the ad beside those skeletal children was crass.

We are a truly fortunate nation. Let us also be a tactful one. And let us be mindful of the world's misfortunes.