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Lopez Column Opens Eyes and a Heart

June 02, 2005

I'm in awe of Steve Lopez.

His columns are usually noteworthy. "A Twilight Concerto for Rats and Cello" (May 29), however, touched me as nothing has in months, perhaps my soul was deadened by the news of deaths by useless warfare, disease, needlessness, etc. -- all things I could do nothing about.

I will no longer be able to look away and avert eye contact with those unfortunates on street corners and sidewalks, who were unpleasant to look at, different, dirty and whom I chose to not acknowledge or think about.

Some of those are perhaps more worthy than I -- surviving with dignity against odds I couldn't deal with.

I will no longer be able to ignore the human history behind those anonymous faces.

Ann Marshall

Palm Desert

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