Anthony J. Frascino
The rich are different
Anyone who ever worked in law enforcement can tell you that rich people are never violent, just emotionally strained.
Rich people need hospitals, poor people need jail. Rich people are kleptomaniacs, poor people are miserable thieves.
Reading about Susan Tepper, Paris Hilton and Scooter Libby, you can imagine the glee with which the Bolsheviks and other revolutionaries terminated the command of the rich.
Tony Borrelli, Springfield
Bad rap on Prometheus
I was disappointed to see the inclusion of the Greek titan Prometheus in your recent spread of "The World of Losers." Prometheus was cunning and smart. He tricked Zeus into accepting bones as a sacrifice instead of meat so humans could eat something good, and he stole fire from Olympus and gave it to the humans.
As punishment for disobeying his orders, Zeus bound Prometheus to a rock and made an eagle (not a vulture, as you showed) eat his liver every day, which may have made him lose his battle against the god.
But Prometheus was freed by Hercules as part of his 12 labors and later pardoned by Zeus. He still had to wear the rock as a ring so it would always be attached to him. Prometheus is hardly a loser, but one of the most intelligent and clever characters in any myth.
Chris Campellone, Levittown
Re Rick Olivieri Steaks:
The Reading Terminal has micro-managed itself from a farmers' market into a commercialized TV ad adjunct to the Convention Center.
Dale Barnard, Philadelphia
Preying on the weak
To the person who attacked Kwok Wai-Ho:
Was it hard for you to attack a 69-year-old in Oxford Circle? Your friends must think you're tough now: He's dead.
Next challenge: proving that you're tough enough to own up to your actions. It's easy for the strong to oppress the weak, now show that you're more than weak. Turn yourself in.
Eric Shen, Philadelphia