THE AGE OF 'COWARDS'
Editor: The article that consumed more than half of the Sun Magazine March 17, "The Age of Indifference," was mostly a waste of paper. The people interviewed and the almost endless number of paragraphs justifying their existence were disgusting. You, by allowing A. M. Chaplin the license to consume space, really reinforced what many of us have suspected for quite some time. We have spawned a generation of people who, number one, can barely articulate a sentence, yet have a college degree; two, don't really want to work hard for a living; and three, are cowards when it comes to dealing with life. . . .
Joan Seiler Salisbury
Editor: I am writing to tell you how much I like Gail Forman's occasional column "Sunday Gourmet." . . . I have saved and tried Forman's recipes, and I find them absolutely excellent. The chicken with olives and lemons dish ("The Allure of Olives") has become a special occasion favorite, and other international recipes are part of our regular menu.
And I'll tell you the truth: on Sundays, I check the Sun Magazine to see if her column is in it. (My newspaper vendor is indulgent.) If it is, I buy The Sun. If it's not, I buy either the Post or the New York Times and read Dave Barry's Sun column at a friend's
house. . . .
Shirley C. Parry Baltimore
Editor: I have long suspected that Janice Baker's columns samore about her personal view of what constitutes a socially accepted eating environment than the culinary merits of the establishments of which she writes. That suspicion was confirmed by Ms. Baker's rather mean-spirited review of Strapazza [Feb. 10], a modest but delightful Italian restaurant in the heart of Towson. . . .
Kathleen A. Birrane Baltimore
Editor: Janice Baker's sarcastic, mean-spirited review of Strapazza was totally uncalled for. . . . I have no axe to grind. I didn't know the two young owners, but since that time have learned a little about them. They came to this country from Naples five years ago, worked hard and have now opened their own place. The great American dream. Right? I've eaten at Strapazza half a dozen times and have always found the food very good. I've spent one or two months every year since 1960 in Italy, and am very familiar with real Italian food. I encourage people to give Strapazza a try and not make up their mind based on Ms. Baker's totally negative back-handed review.
Michael Keyser Butler
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