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Training Hike by Marine Reservists

July 09, 1989

Regarding the article concerning Marine Corps reservists' 10-mile training hike through Irvine and Newport Beach (June 27), the story was so embellished with terrifying adverbs and adjectives that it appeared the march route was populated with people whose mental capacity to comprehend is open to question.

The article was filled with terms such as "startles suburbanites," "quite intimidating" to onlookers, "startled some civilians," "worried" residents, got "strange looks" from drivers, "surprised" people, made people "uneasy at first," individuals thought "we were getting into trouble" and "surprised and scared" other persons.

Lord spare us if the people quoted are indicative of the home front in case of actual conflict.

L.P. JONES, USMC (ret.)

Buena Park

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