To the Editor:
Jan. 9 is the 100th anniversary of President Richard M. Nixon's birth. Nixon had many accomplishments. He negotiated nuclear arms reduction treaties with the Soviet Union, reduced Cold War tensions by opening formal relations with China, expanded Social Security and Medicare benefits to seniors, established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), signed the Clean Air Act, signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), ended public school segregation in the south, implemented the "Philadelphia Plan" – the United States' first significant affirmative action program, campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), signed the Title IX Act – creating equal opportunities for women in sports and ended the Vietnam War.
Nixon remained active in the political arena until his death in1994. He visited many countries, wrote many books and talked with many world leaders. In 1986, after a trip to the Soviet Union, a Gallup poll ranked Nixon as one of the 10 most admired men in the world.