Editor: The selection of winning short stories [Aug. 11] leaves me flabbergasted. They were nonsense written by Yuppies who, by their writing, indicate they have not yet experienced life, who have no identity, and know not the meaning of moral, dignified, social living. Too bad. . . . I don't care to read about promiscuous sex, bawdy pickups or crazy shoppers. Or did I miss the point? The best story in Aug. 11 copy is "High Rollers."
Editor: The third place winner of your fiction contest, Mary Kay Zuravleff, displayed an ignorance of Baltimore area retailing one might expect from a Washingtonian -- even one who attended Johns Hopkins. In the first paragraph of her story, "Shop Therapy," she places the discount mecca C-Mart in Dundalk, Baltimore County, whereas every dedicated shopper knows it's in Bel Air, Harford County. . . .
Editor: I hope that the winning authors in the short-story contest . . . do not represent the mindset of the current generation. These stories were grim, cynical, engrossed with sex, premarital sex and how to get it, and the workings of a sick mind.
There was nothing in them of joy, laughter, happiness, self-respect, nobility of character or spirituality or anything that would draw a tear from a kind and compassionate eye. . . .
I would like to think that among the 600 rejected stories there were many that sought to reach the unreachable stars rather than the unspeakable mud -- and that only the judges were cynical.
Edmund J. Lewis
Editor: Just a note of thanks to the Sun Magazine and yourself for printing the short stories of various unknown writers.
I enjoyed all of them, and what a treat to read without searching for "good stuff." Do it again, please.
# Dorothy Baranauskas
Editor: Every year without exception, a you-and-I tale by a woman wins first place in the Sun Magazine's summer short-fiction contest. Is this a coincidence? Or do the same old judges have a bias? . . .
Please, no more you-and-I tales.
` Karl Wilhelm Gross
Editor: I just finished reading and thoroughly enjoying the article by Sue Campbell on "High Rollers" [Aug. 11]. Being a roller coaster enthusiast myself for over 20 years, I was pleased to see that not only are there thousands of others out there like me, but there is even a club known as ACE dedicated to the thrill of riding roller coasters. The only detail left out of Ms. Campbell's article: How does one go about contacting Mr. Ray Ueberroth for the purpose of joining ACE? . . .
D. M. Walk
Editor's note: Ray Ueberroth welcomes calls about American Coaster Enthusiasts. His number is 385-1222.
Editor: Until I read the article by Doug Birch in the Sun Magazine Aug. 18 ["Down and Dirty"], I had no idea what my son did when he went to work each morning. My son works for Kiewit-Shea, local 516 at the Hopkins site.
I want to thank Doug Birch and The Sun for the enlightening article. I now realize exactly what my son does on his job and the risks involved.
Elaine B. Forte
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