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May 20, 2001
I could hug [school psychologist and counselor] Ken Williams ("School Days," Metropolis, by Valerie J. Nelson, April 22) for finally addressing the "name-calling to complete ridicule and total humiliation" experienced by many of our youngsters in today's schools. He knows that kids always have been mean to each other. He is right, and his determination and understanding are so welcome. Brenda Riese Northridge
July 21, 1985
The success of "Rambo" is an American moral dilemma, as Charles Champlin uncomfortably pointed out. But he overlooks a major point--the Stallone film was not made for political reasons, it was made to cash in on American humiliation. I find this truly revolting. Having this brutal, vulgar film speak for those of us who tend to be conservative is as spurious as Hitler speaking on behalf of Beethoven and Goethe. Hollywood should hang its head in shame. It won't, of course.
August 20, 2005
Surely Daryl H. Miller ["Knight Has His Day in Bowl's 'Camelot,' " Aug. 16] is aware that "Camelot," like other Lerner and Loewe musicals, traditionally has been cast with a "non-singing" male lead actor. Thus he should know that the standing ovation Jeremy Irons received after his performance Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl was not just for his brilliant acting (which Miller backhandedly acknowledges) but also for his effective singing, which was equal to or superior to that of actors like Richard Burton and Rex Harrison who have tackled the stage role.
February 28, 1991
In response to Hans Magnus Enzensberger's column "Like Hitler, His Enemy Is the World" (Commentary, Feb. 14): I found myself asking the question "and how about us Americans?" If Saddam Hussein's basic guideline is self-preservation, how about us Americans? Is not preserving the American way of life a significant reason for what we are doing in the Gulf War? If his enemy is the world, and his desire is to die last, how about us Americans? Is not our plan to destroy his army as much as possible through technological weaponry, without real knowledge of the loss of civilian life involved, our main priority being the saving of American lives?
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