Tales of 2 Dissidents

What an unintentionally ironic placement of the two articles on the front page of Westside: "The Making of a Dissident" celebrates the bravery of Wang Chao-hua for her pro-democracy actions in China. Right below her is the headline "Yellow Ribbons Knot for Him," a story on the shameful treatment of Steve Raikin, who declined to drape his house in yellow ribbons and preferred a peace poster instead.

Apparently some Americans patriotically endorse the American values of dissidence, independence, and democracy, as long as they occur in some other country.

CAROL TAVRIS

Los Angeles

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