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Famous actor and renowned republican, John Wayne, corresponded with Senator Helms back in 1977 and 1978 regarding the Panama Canal agreement. In his letters, Mr. Wayne upfront ensures Senator Helms the amount of respect he has for him. However, in both correspondance he challenges Helms with disagreements he has towards his view points on the status of the two Panama Treaties. 

Mr. Wayne disagrees with Helms' statement over the sovereignty he claims the United States has over the Canal. Senator Helms statement can be backed up by the 1903 Treaty stating "the terms for the construction and operation of the Panama Canal and the sovereign rights of the US to a 10 mile wide band." 

In his letter from 1978 to Senator Helms, Mr. Wayne criticizes Ronald Reagan for spreading lies regarding the Panama Canal; while praising President Carter. Wayne discloses that he is infact a friend of General Torrijos and believes there will be governmental changes in Panama. 

 
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