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Traveling in Style

June 18, 1995

I cannot describe the shock, dismay and disgust with which I read "Dances With Bulls" (Traveling in Style, May 14). Surely you must know what bullfighting entails: hours of animal torture passed off as "culture" and "pageantry." By glorifying and supporting this grisly and ghastly "sport," and encouraging people to spend their dollars traveling to view it, you are undermining all contemporary efforts to raise people's consciousness as to our treatment of other species. This article is unconscionable, and had I been a subscriber, I would have canceled my subscription. I know many others who are, however, and who no doubt will.

RACHEL ROSENTHAL

Los Angeles

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According to Bruce Shoenfeld, bullfighting is "all about dignity, of both man and animal" and unites man and bull to "create profound emotion." What a crock! Only by closing off your heart and mind can torturing and then killing an animal be considered art or culture.

CLIFFORD OLIN

Alhambra

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Annick Smith is missing the point about the grandeur of the Banff/Jasper area ("Canada's Castle in the Wild") if she finds the city of Banff "provincial, comfy and inviting." When I visit that area I avoid Banff like the plague. Who wants to breathe the exhaust of hundreds of tour buses while fighting for parking in order to pay inflated prices for unauthentic trinkets or to eat in ordinary restaurants? The beauty of this area is to be found outside of Banff, where even a 30-minute stroll can take you out of sight and earshot of civilization, with some of the world's finest scenery to renew your soul.

STEPHEN GREENBERG

Santa Monica

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One place of interest Tim Heald didn't mention in "Royal Obsession" is the Royal Mews, which houses the royal coaches, including the golden coronation coach, and all the trappings. There is even a fine Western saddle, a gift from the U.S.A.

ROBERT WHITER

Los Angeles

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In the map with "Royal Obsession," you identify Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and England, but nowhere do you mention Wales. It would be nice to recognize the fact that 2 million people in Britain consider themselves Welsh and not English.

ANNIE LLOYD

Culver City

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