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Letter: Put-Down Wasn’t Humorous

To the Editor:

Not much could interrupt my morning coffee while reading the newspaper and doing the puzzles. However, using “ladies” in a recent daily Jumble as a put-down, even in a supposedly jesting way, is very bad. It is evil, it is destructive, it is harmful, it is hurtful. It is also a bad example for everyone who reads it.

As frequently testified to in your pages, women suffer daily because of devaluing attitudes toward us.

Had the N-word been used in the Jumble, I expect your editors or proofreaders would have picked up on it and somehow avoided subjecting us to it. I would appreciate your forwarding this letter to the writers and distributors of the Jumble.

Amelia Sereen

Lebanon