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To the editors:

Mr. Groening's "Life in Hell" comic strip in the Reader March 31st was rude and insulting to all those of Lithuanian descent. Among his so-called proverbs to live by, Mr. Groening threw in a supposedly thoughtful, supposedly Polish proverb denigrating Lithuanians. Not one of the other so-called proverbs was directed at any specific ethnic group; no other defamed a particular nationality. Had this pointed insult been directed at blacks, Jews, or women, it never would have been printed. What makes an ethnic slur against Lithuanians acceptable?

L. Lukoshius

Evergreen Park

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