The Press: Letter of the Week

Buried in the New York Times's good, grey letter columns one day last week was a rare note of levity. The note: -

"To the Editor:

With all these youths in Asia despite the warnings of our State Department, one wonders if a little euthanasia might not be helpful.

A. Aitchess"

While some staffers thought the pun too corny and the sentence open to literal interpretation by the fast reader, none questioned the propriety of printing it. For the punster, betrayed by his nom de plume, was none other than the Times's Publisher and Board Chairman Arthur Hays Sulzberger, who frequently writes a quiet...

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