'Rejecting Experts'

Novak's column was a shameful and sad misreading of the common man's plight. Novak identifies the problem as expertise when in fact it's self-esteem. People who find it hard to stand up for their own beliefs in the face of "experts" may be similarly uneasy with confrontation elsewhere in life.

But the real tragedy is the manipulation of such people by too-frequently wealthy politicians who share few of their day-to-day concerns. Instead of bashing the experts, Novak would do better to support the kind of campaign reform that would allow a few "ordinary people" to run for elective office themselves.

TOM SILVESTRI

Los Angeles

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