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Gabrielle Johnson, TOWNSEND, MASS.

Thanks for a succinct description and analysis of the often puzzling and disenchanting journey of high school and the reassurance that the experience need not be the key determinant of the rest of one's life. Thanks also to the thousands of fine teachers who, with caring commitment to the welfare of young people year after year, provide them with loving guidance at a tumultuous time in their lives.

Phil Corsello, DENVER

Many years ago, one of my Seattle high school friends was a "secret dancer" like the girl in your story. He never let anyone know he took ballet lessons. He went on to establish the Joffrey Ballet.

Kenneth G. Wong, BAKERSFIELD, CALIF.

You Are Such a Weiner

Re "America's Top Weiner" [June 20]: Really, people? Haven't we had enough of the ad nauseam Weiner jokes these past few weeks?

Mark C. Still, PHILADELPHIA

Joel Stein's column on Anthony Weiner belongs in Penthouse or Star.

Dennis Barrett, PERRYSBURG, OHIO

I have always enjoyed Joel Stein, but his Anthony Weiner column won the prize. I laughed hysterically, and I want Stein to know that an 89-year-old woman had one of the best moments of her life.

June Phelan, TEMPLE CITY, CALIF.

Business Dinners as Usual

Michael Scherer's "Grin and Bear It" was excellent [June 20]. The photograph that accompanied it--of President Obama, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi enjoying a leisurely fine meal--shows exactly why our politicians are completely out of touch with the general population. Let them eat at McDonald's. President Clinton did.

John Eames, OLIVE BRANCH, MISS.

Logomotion

I was amused to see the variety of Google logos displayed in your story ["Doodle Dandy," June 20]. However, as a high school chemistry teacher, I had hoped that under "Science" you would feature the chemistry logo from March 31, honoring the 200th birthday of Robert Bunsen, creator of the Bunsen burner. My students certainly enjoyed this animated logo, complete with bubbling!

Kathleen J. Dombrink, ST. LOUIS

Kevorkian's Legacy

I mourn the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian [Milestones, June 20]. I think it is time that the U.S. seriously consider a legal means of terminating the lives of those who suffer from incurable diseases.

Syed Nasir Burney, CHEEKTOWAGE, N.Y.

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