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May 04, 2008

Re "Give me the lesson without the spin," Opinion, April 27

Matthew LaClair's Op-Ed article was highly refreshing. Not to be patronizing, but this is the sort of young man we need more of. The spin in his textbook is far more suited to the rantings of Rush Limbaugh than to an academic setting.

When I was in high school, many years ago, I got into a similar debate over a text that presented the domino theory as an unchallenged truth and as justification for the Vietnam War. I begged to differ, and history has proved me right.

Maintaining a critical view of what you're reading is every citizen's duty, and LaClair seems to have that duty internalized.

Pete Hisey

Chicago

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