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>	...	 It makes me wonder whether we
> > should just permit top-level DECLAREs, but then _it_ would need special
> > handling by the compiler since a macro definition would confuse the
> > semantics of local declarations, so you don't win.
> I don't understand the last sentence.  What kind of macro definition?
> Can you give an example? 

I just meant that we don't want to define DECLARE as a macro, and that
having a special form that is treated specially by the compiler at top
level doesn't seen any better than a function that is treated specially.