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BCM welcomes letters from readers. Letters may be edited for length and clarity, and must be signed to be published. Our fax number is (617) 552-2441; our e-mail address is birnbaum@bc.edu.

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EVIL IS

Having personally experienced the wrath of small-town mindedness I could relate to Kathleen Norris' article, "Native Evil" (Winter 2002). By placing the subject of evil in a personal, historical context, Norris is able to discuss the manifestations of this undeniable force in our world; otherwise, as I found in the other two articles (Joyce Carol Oates's "Demon Evil"; Nathan Englander's "Evil by Choice"), it remains an abstract concept begging relevance.

JACK HARRINGTON '79
Somerville, Massachusetts

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THAT'S DRAMA


Your reviewers were a bit harsh in judging the TV show Boston Public (Camille Dodero's "School for Scandal," Winter 2002). While admittedly some of the story lines do approach the bizarre, the series takes a responsible view of some very serious issues. Sure, they're dramatized, and they crop up every 10 minutes. But those who demand that a fictional series accurately reflect the day-in, day-out reality of their lives may want to ask themselves whether they'd enjoy an hour spent watching the ER doctors wrangling on the phone with HMOs or NYPD Blue detective Andy Sipowicz catching up on his paperwork.

JOHN WHELAN '64
Chicago, Illinois

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SAD HAPPENINGS

For a school guidance counselor not to know what an "R-A-V-E" is sadly shows how out of touch she is with the lifestyles and decisions of teenagers today.

Trust me, raves are happening--along with substance abuse, unprotected sex, violence, depression, and eating disorders.

LYNNE NARDIZZI MS '97
Boston, Massachusetts

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NOT THERE

I enjoyed Tim Heffernan's "Over There" (Winter 2002), but Boston is absolutely not "on a broad plain beside the English Channel." Boston, England, lies very close to a small body of water called the Wash, which leads directly into the North Sea.

RUDOLPH A. KATHER MS '63
Framingham, Massachusetts

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ANOTHER WORLD

Re Alan Wolfe's "What Are We Fighting For?" (Fall 2001): I cannot believe a professor of political science actually thinks that the terrorists who struck that vicious blow did it out of envy for the generosity of the American system that "opens our doors to people." Reality is so different and the current role of the United States in the world, from the Third World point of view, so controversial.

LETECIA PEREZ NC'51
Havana, Cuba

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THAT DAY

Re Tim Townsend's profile of John McCann '99 ("At Ground Zero," Fall 2001): The night of September 11, I called John's house with my heart in my throat. When his mother answered, she was thankful for the inquiry and proceeded to add my name to the very long list of people who had already called. John has always been passionate about firefighting--but merely as a subset of the passion he has for life in general.

SAM WHOLLEY '99
Boston, Massachusetts


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TOGETHER

If the four letters in Postscript ("Recollected," Winter 2002) express the sentiments of only those four people (and that is extremely doubtful: they more than likely represent the feelings of thousands), then the 3,000-plus will not have died in vain. A measure of goodwill has come from this tragedy.

ROBERT N. SILLARS, JR P'82
Wilmington, North Carolina

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RETURN FIRE

I would like to respond to Norm Phelps' letter in your last issue regarding John Motoviloff's "Driftless, Wisconsin" (Fall 2001). I must assume that Mr. Phelps has no leather products in his home, if he feels so inclined to pass smug judgement.

Motoviloff and millions of other hunters, including me, are not involved in a "charade." Certainly no hunter or outdoorsman I know has ever used the pejorative phrase "primitive chic." We spend our time pursuing a passion, enjoying nature, and contributing time and money to land and wildlife conservation.

GREGORY CARPINIELLO '88
Pawling, New York


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Correction: The cofounder of the Boston College Club was misidentified in the Winter 2002 issue. He is John E. Joyce '61.


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