Letters: Jan. 16, 2006

The Best Photos of 2005 Reflecting a year marked conspicuously by natural and human disasters, our selection of pictures made many readers think we had overlooked the year's sunnier moments. But for others, the images underscored photography's power to convey reality and renew perspective on life's trials—and gifts

"These pictures speak to each of us on many different levels, evoking awe, horror, compassion and hope all at the same time." SHANA RUSONIS Ellicott City, Md. How often do those who have the good fortune to be comfortable, safe and secure take their situation for granted? Your collection, "The Best Photos of...

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