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Keeping Hope Alive

To the Editor:

I want to applaud Keith Ammann and Rabbi Michael Lerner [“Your Land, My Land,” Nov. 11) for their intelligent and sensitive articles responding to the growing rift between the conservatives and liberals in this country. Since the election, I found myself growing increasingly bitter and fearful for our world’s future, and exuding all my anger and blame on the conservatives in our country who blindly re-elected Bush. Ammann’s and Lerner’s insights halted me in my tracks and gave me a renewed vision. Both writers created a better understanding of what really needs to be fought/addressed here and now in our country and provided concrete, peaceful, and insightful ways of achieving both a common ground with and a
better understanding of the Republicans/conservatives in our country. Their words gave downhearted progressives like me the new tools we need to move forward positively and successfully. I want to thank Ammann and Lerner for their insights, and Metroland for printing them! I am now reinspired!

Laura McCormack


Spoiler Alert!

To the Editor:

The last line of the movie Stage Beauty is “I don’t know.” Ann Morrow not only tells the last line in her review [Cinema, Nov. 24], she tells that Maria asks the question and why. In fact, she tells the whole story. She writes a synopsis, not just her opinion. Why tell people that Ned and Maria get together at the end of the movie? After telling the reader the whole story and saying not one positive thing, the sixth line from the bottom reads, “. . . and the film does have its charms.” Where did that come from? I never would have known that from anything that was written before that. Who would get that far to the end of the article, after reading such an awful review? Did Jeffrey Hatcher write his play before the movie Shakespeare in Love? That might be interesting to check out because I didn’t see any comparison in these stories that would indicate the latter was Hatcher’s “obvious inspiration.”

I have seen the movie two times and loved it both times.

Helen Kaplan



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