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Regarding Barry Yeoman's "Bush Generation" [Aug. 9], isn't it wonderful that young people are learning about our political process? The experience these young people get at the convention helps them to grow and become stronger contributing citizens. They are participating, unlike the young people in the news who are in trouble with the law, hurting someone or doing other criminal acts.

However, [Yeoman's] description of someone with a full appointment to West Point Military Academy as "a ruddy-faced young man with stick-out ears" was not very respectful. When David Gouge becomes a public figure, then I'm sure the press can describe all they want. But until then, when young people have the academic records, school activities, community contributions and public recognition that Gouge has, there needs to be a much more intelligent description than Yeoman was able to find in his vocabulary. Shallow thinkers and writers like Yeoman are never able to make it to the big time, because they're too busy being small. It is sad that Yeoman appears to have become the circus elephant, chained to a small stake and unable to move forward in his thinking.

Those of us who know David Gouge--his accomplishments, his sincerity in helping other people and the pure caring that he carries in his heart--are not impressed with writers like Yeoman. Wherever Gouge goes, he reaches out to other people and touches them in a positive way. His strength of character is stronger than Yeoman's. I feel sad for this man. Gouge will make it; Yeoman hasn't. Aspiring young leaders of our tomorrows will go forward regardless and in spite of the small writers of today.

Re: "Wild Things" [Front Porch, Aug. 30], the "pair of fuzzy bumblebees" checking out a butterfly bush were probably not inch-long hummingbirds, but rather hummingbird moths which frequent butterfly bushes. Their wings beat like a hummingbird's, and they have a long spout to take nectar like the hummingbird. Unlike the hummingbird, however, the moth's tail section is flat and dark.

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