Your recounting of Imre's odyssey in connection with its SBA loan applications prompts me to: (1) suggest that perhaps a reading of Ralph W. Moss's The Cancer Syndrome (Grove Press Inc., 1980) by the Imre people might lessen their bafflement over the repeated rejections of their applications; and (2) ask why Imre didn't seek intervention on its behalf by Washington State's congressional delegation?

There seems to have been ample grounds for Imre to have taken the latter action, considering the apparent highly cavalier handling of its applications by a seemingly well-entrenched SBA bureaucracy which appears to fly in the face of the Reagan Administration's avowed policy of supporting small and innovative businesses -- particularly in a field in which the need is so critical to the very survival of a large segment of the world's population.

EDITOR-NOTE:

INC. replies to Messrs. Rice and Thompson: Mr. Rice can keep his money, marbles, and chalk, but congressional sources were not, in fact, involved in the consideration of Imre's application nor were they responsible for drawing the process out. Perhaps Imre should have turned to the Washington State congressional delegation for help, as Mr. Thompson suggests. At the time, however, such help hardly seemed necessary, since the SBA always appeared to be on the verge of granting the loan.