If Mr. Burtman has reputable statistics that support his contention, then I would love to see them. Otherwise, I think a printed retraction is necessary. The health of the residents of our community is too important an issue to report falsely.

Charlie Savio
via Internet

First we have the the word "niggardly." Then we have Teletubbies ["Eh Oh," by Wendy Grossman, February 18]. All this effort to get our feelings hurt. Aren't we reaching just a bit, folks?

Margaret Ross
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Bunker Down
Mr. Bodenheimer criticizes the new Inner Loop townhouses as "ticky-tack boxes," calling them "mediocre" [Letters, February 18]. However, most of these three-story projects start at a quarter-million dollars and reflect a fair variety of architectural styles. While I'm not crazy about the way any doublewide garage door degrades the landscape, these townhomes do represent sensible compact developments. Their owners can walk to buy coffee and the Sunday paper, unlike their suburban bunker-dwelling, lawn mower-pushing counterparts in Copperfield.

Robert F. Alexander
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Tuna Rolls and Roles
One of your letters regarding The Thin Red Line hit a nerve [Letters, "Thin Red Whine," February 4]. This was one of the worst war movies I've ever seen. The little decent acting was buried under all the wammy overacting by all the wannabe actors.

By far, the worst scene was when the director tried to put the Japanese soldiers in a sympathetic light as a bunch of whiny weenies. I was a teen during WWII, and after Pearl Harbor you heard the usual talk about kicking them all the way back to Tokyo in about six months. The United States soon found out that these Japanese soldiers were tough, vicious, fanatical -- the majority preferred death to surrender. Fortunately, our troops were a little tougher. Otherwise we'd now be bowing to the emperor and eating sushi (yuck!).

This movie is typical of Hollywood revisionist history; it couldn't hold a candle to Saving Private Ryan, which was as close to the real thing as Hollywood can get.

Roger C. Burton
Sugar Land

Sanity Test
Regarding the play Shopping and Fucking ["Porn of Plenty," by Lee Williams, January 14]: Absolutely vile. Much like Saving Private Ryan, the acting may be superb, but it's not entertaining. Anyone that perceives this as comedic or funny should be institutionalized.

Richard Thompson
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