TIME'S Feb. 16 account of what various commentators were saying about the U.S. people (Smug, Slothful, Asleep?) brought an outburst of letters from the people themselves. Many letters-to-TIME have reflected indignation over such issues as the Roberts report on Pearl Harbor, the retirement applications of Admiral Kimmel and General Short, the Lafayette (ex-Normandie) fire, pensions for Congressmen, Mrs. Roosevelt and OCD. But the latest batch more than 100 of them went much deeper. Some excerpts:
. . . What the hell do these critics want us to do roll hoops with...