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Memories of Earhart Still Inspire

The editorial "To Soar Like Earhart" (April 7) reminds me of an event during the summer of 1933, the bottom of the Depression.

Students from various colleges were invited to an all-day meeting in Newark, N.J. We were to listen to and be challenged by 12 to 15 leaders in commerce and industry. They reflected the American success story. On that platform was one woman, Amelia Earhart. When it was her turn to speak, Amelia turned and looked at everyone of those potentates and asked, "How come, if you have been so successful, why is this country in such a mess?" They were very pointed words, and some of those "leaders" cringed a bit. We students, who had been rather sullen in our responses, lit up for Amelia. We stood and clapped! Edward W. Clark Kennett Square, Pa. 'Radical Son' and responsibility The book review of "Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey" (April 7) is, unfortunately, more a criticism of author David Horowitz than of his ideas. As a faculty member and administrator at Penn State University during the years of campus unrest, I wish to confirm the value of many of Horowitz's ideas. First, Horowitz writes that "the massive antiwar movement on America's campuses had been little more than a way to avoid the military draft." Right on! Second, he describes the failure of the left to accept moral responsibility - individually and collectively - for behavior that tacitly sanctioned the death and disappearance of their own, much like those in Stalin's Russia. Objective analysis of these two ideas alone could shed light on why an inordinate number of college students from the '60s and '70s failed to obtain academic degrees for which they claimed to be enrolled. The enormous potential of most of these students had yet to be realized. Robert C. Baughman Winter Haven, Fla. Virtues - and a high salary Devoting three pages to extolling the virtues of Bobby Bowden ("Conversations With Outstanding Americans," April 14) clearly indicates his symbolic importance to the editors of the Monitor. …