unjust to students
-1 FOUND the article by Paula Davies of November 8 on students—a few of whom I am privileged, I repeat privileged, to count among my greatest friends—both biased and unjust. Some of these friends of mine went to London to protest because they felt they must, while admitting they were really frightened.
The journey took 14 hours down as they had to hitchhike, and they arrived back home at 5 a.m. on the Mon.
day ready for work or school at 9 a.m. Previously they had spent 14 evenings picketing a local cinema showing the film "Green Berets," about the war in Vietnam. They were called "bastards" and "lazy Commies," and endured a few clouts into the bargain.
They certainly want a world free from war and hunger. Most of my generation are hypocrites—never having done a thing about these things. Aren't we lucky that the "only freedom" we have is to decide where to go on holiday? The "only freedom" in Vietnam, North and South, is where to run from the war—and in the poor countries to starve!
It amazes me how moral our students remain when I see the eroticism that they are subjected to in all media by supposedly mature adults. And as for America's guilt, Che Guevara, revolution, etc., I suggest Paula Davies reads, on Page 2 of the same issue, the article headed "Che Guevara or Luther King?"
Agnes Woodford (Mrs.) Bootle, Lancs.
mR. KEATING, your Television Critic, demonstrated amply on November 8, in three boring columns, that he had entirely missed the point of the play "A Bit of Crucifixion, Father."
We all knew that the dialogue was poor, the priests unreal, and so on; but the real issue of the play was the terrible anguish caused to those following the dictates of their religion. The message was loud and very clear.
James Dunn Liverpool, 25.