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Those Oversized SUVS

April 25, 1999

The title alone--"Beetle and the Beast"--gives away your prejudice, and the article confirmed it. I frankly resent your crusade to malign vehicles such as the Ford Excursion.

These vehicles fill an important need that you don't seem to appreciate. Those with feelings of inferiority get an instant ego boost when pulling up in one of those babies in front of their buddies. No more questioning their masculinity now, and it's a lot more fun and possibly cheaper than therapy.

A variation on this theme: the feminists for whom it is de rigueur to project a tough image lest one suspects them of any vulnerability, a tough act to pull off if you are driving a Beetle with a bud vase.

Ford should be applauded.

PAUL W. ROSENBERGER

Manhattan Beach

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