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You included the statements of psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz, who argues that psychiatry uses the assertion of mental illness to control undesirable or bizarre behavior. Thousands of former mental patients agree with Szasz's position. Together, Szasz, the bad boy of psychiatry, and Yoder, the bad inmate of the Chester Mental Health Center, might bring the house of cards down once and for all on psychiatry. History will view the Yoder trial as the trial of the century: the one that evicted psychiatry and the state from the bedroom of our minds. MILLIE STROM Vancouver
Kudos for "the Kid"
Richard Corliss was right on the money in his article about baseball's Ted Williams [APPRECIATION, July 15], my choice as the greatest hitter ever. To do what the Splendid Splinter did over a long career is probably something that will never be repeated. As great a ballplayer as he was, though, he was an even greater American citizen. When his country needed him, he didn't shirk his duty, flying combat missions in two wars. The word hero is thrown around so much now that it has lost its true meaning. However, in the case of Williams, hero says it all. PAUL ROSKOWSKI Oviedo, Fla.
One day someone in the major leagues will bat .406 again but never in as dramatic a fashion as Williams did: hitting 6 for 8 in a season-ending doubleheader. The Splendid Splinter was, indeed, splendid. MEL TANSILL Catonsville, Md.
The basic difference between preterists and the futurists who believe in the theories of the Left Behind book series [SOCIETY, July 1] is that the futurists deny or ignore the clear time statements of the Bible. The last days were simply the last days of the old Jewish covenant, which ended forever in A.D. 70. Preterists take God's word to mean what it says, leaving it in its 1st century context. More information is available at www.lighthouseworldministries.com JOHN ANDERSON, PRESIDENT Lighthouse World Ministries Sparta, N.C.