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Irons-Clad Standards

January 31, 1998

It seems we have lost our minds in this country ("Lolita Makes the European Rounds," by Richard Covington, Jan. 20).

Director Adrian Lyne cannot get a U.S. distributor for his film "Lolita" because it features Jeremy Irons portraying a pedophile (which finally destroys him, by the way). Yet we have mega-blockbusters featuring the same Mr. Irons blowing up half of New York with alacrity ("Die Hard With a Vengeance"). We now know which activity is the more reprehensible.

THOMAS E. BRAUN

Littlerock

Drugs, drunk driving, Saddam, television, nitrates, AIDS, cancer, homelessness, unemployment, Social Security . . . no matter. The United States of America can be proud of the fact that it kept "Lolita" from degrading its theaters. Where have all the flowers gone? Today's illiterate blossoms are right here.

SHAYNE HOOD

Newhall

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