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Strangely enough, beauty with brains and guts is what comes to my mind when I think of Kashmir [April 17]. My assumptions about the war-broken land were completely proved wrong when I visited two years ago. The landscape contained not only lush mountains and breathtaking scenery but also amazing numbers of schools and students. To see Kashmir in ruins again pains me, but I know it will make a comeback. I will once again be impressed by its people's strength of mind and body.
URFA SUHAIB KHAN Lahore
As upsetting as I expect it will be, I still would like to see United 93 [April 17]. That plane's story was the only relatively "good" news on that horrible day. When passenger Todd Beamer said "Let's roll!" and led those heroes forward in their charge on the terrorists in the cockpit, he was partly inspired by a Teddy Roosevelt quotation praising the valiant person "who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly." This movie honors the passengers, and I will try to honor them by seeing it, no matter how painful it is.
RICHARD SIEGELMAN Plainview, N.Y.
Your numbers item noted the big gap in winnings paid to men and women champions at "Wimbledon, the only Grand Slam event that still pays men more" [April 17]. And why not? The women's matches are the best of only three sets, not five. Less work means less pay. I'm a firm believer in women's rights--equal pay for equal work!
PETER A. HYDE Toronto