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THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood, Ml — Friday, Sept. 11, 1998 Page 16. Land mines should be banned Dear A»B Landers: I know you are aware that the International Campaign lo Baa Landmines is a project to which Princeu Diana devoted her time and which recently woo the Nobel Prize for Peace. Each year, 26.000 civilians are killed or injured by die 100 million land mines that are planted in 70 countries around the world. In Angola, land mine* outnumber children. In Cambodia, there is an amputee for every 236 people. In Somalia, 75 percent of land-mine victims are children who are injured during innocent exploration or play For every mine cleared. 20 more are planted. The mines do not discriminate between military personnel and civilians, or between men. women and children. Last December, 124 nations signed the Ottawa Treaty to ban the use. stockpiling, production aod transfer mines* Ann Landers the United States was not among them. The reason teems to be that the military finds them useful on the ban IrfirVj. especially in Korea. And. of course, land-mine production and trade are very profitable. While the United States has been promoting the use of "smart* mines, which will self- destruct after a given period of time. the fact remains that these mines also harm civilians. The Campaign to Ban Landmines, composed of hundreds of nongovernmental organizations from all over the world, is a good demonstration of what can be accomplished by ordinary people through a united global effort. There is no problem that cannot be solved if we have the will and the unity of our human family. — MAY KHADEM. M.D.. CHICAGO DISASTER RELIEF SUBCOMMITTEE, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY DEAR DR. KHADEM: Thank you for your thoughtful and compassionate letter. A few months ago, I saw a very moving film put together by one of the non-governmental organizations you mentioned called Physicians Against Land Mines. The president of the organization is Dr. William Kennedy Smith, and the chairman is Dr. Henry Bells, who is with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The film showed hundreds of civilians in Mozambtque,Angola and Cambodia who had had limbs blown off by land mines. It convinced me that there should be an international agreement to outlaw these hideous devices that cripple men, women and children. PALM is now working to establish a center, in connection with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, for the development of low- cost artificial limbs to benefit landmine survivors. I do not know all the reasons our government has refused to sign the Ottawa Treaty, but unless all countries sign the agreement, it is questionable how effective it will be. I hope, however, that someone can come up with a solution that will protect the interests of the Uniiad Slates without crippling and endangering civilians around the world. Readers who would like more information about land-mine organizations in the United States can write to: Campaign For Landmines Free World, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, 2001 S Street, N.W., Suite 740, Washington, D.C. 20009 (www.vvaf.org). Confidential to Can't Figure It Out in Shaker Heights, Ohio: When your wife of 12 years no longcrcares when you come home, it's safe to assume that it's later than you think. Do you have questions about sex. but no one to talk to? Ann Landers' booklet, "Sex and the Teenager." is frank and to the point. Send a self- addressed, long, business-size envelop* and a check or money order for $3.75 (this includes postage and handling) to: Teens, do Ann Landers, P.O. Box 11562. Chicago, HI. 606110562. (In Canada, send $4.55.) To find out more about Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate web.page at www.creators.com. ANN LANDERS® (D199S, Creators Syndicate FOR BETTER OR WORSE Ve^H. 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Crossword The depth of frustration By Phillip Alder In four spades, you see 10 cast-iron tricks, but you cannot cash them before the opponents have taken four. It is extremely frustrating. Yet sometimes you have only yourself to blame. Today's declarer fancied himself as a potential bridge expert. Unfortunately, he was aiming higher than his ability would allow. But what would you have done in his position? Against four spades, West cashes the club ace, then switches to a knavish spade knave — as the English used to call a jack. South's three-spade rebid was invitational. He would normally have 10 or 11 high-card points, but he felt the heart queen was sufficient compensation for the missing point or two. The declarer won trick two, then paused for thought. Assuming a 3-2 trump break, he could see 11 tricks via five spades, five hearts and the diamond ace. But then he noticed that if he gave up a trump trick, the opponents would cash their club winners. 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