In his article on Finland Sept. 1, Stan Delaplane displayed a provincial and supercilious attitude toward that country and its language and culture. In addition to the offensive tone used, the piece contains many inaccurate statements, and the one regarding the language is the most insulting. The Finnish language is not “a strangely garbled mix of Estonian and Hungarian.” It is a legitimate language in its own right, with a complex but well-organized and regular system of grammar, with 14 noun cases of. Finnish is an extremely eloquent and poetic language, and if Delaplane, in his ignorance, finds it garbled, it is his loss.
JOHN K. PERTTULA Long Beach