DAN RATHER IN DALLAS

AFTER READING THE ARTICLE ABOUT

Dan Rather in the July 8 Magazine, I realized one important fact was omitted.

No mention was made of the single most important event that had to have changed his life forever: the assassination of President Kennedy. It was Dan Rather who reported the events to the nation so eloquently.

In my mind, it was from that moment on that he rose to the position he has today as anchor of the CBS nightly news. My husband and I are two of the 9 million who watch him every night.

DIANNE PRUETT Williamsport, Md.

IT'S THE WATER

RICHARD COHEN WAS RIGHT ON THE

mark regarding regionalism and the quality of soda {Critic at Large, July 8}.

I spent my childhood summers on a farm outside Montross, Va., and developed a taste for the glass-bottled, full-bodied Coca-Cola of that region. Eventually I learned the secret of the flavor.

Montross, Va., is the home of the Northern Neck Coca-Cola Bottling Co., which undoubtedly produces the best Coca-Cola because it is made from pure artesian well water drawn from deep within the earth. It also produces the delightful Northern Neck Ginger Ale.

LISA FALLIN PADDOCK Camp Springs

I READ RICHARD COHEN'S JULY 8 COLumn with glee and admiration for its successful emulation of wine commentaries.

However, I must deplore the national attitude from which it springs. Americans have this reverse snobbery that says that anything more complex than, say, soda pop has got to be fishy somehow. In this way, we back-slap each other on our own turf for being plain ol' ordinary folk, yet overseas we are lost when faced with cultural intricacies for which we refuse to prepare ourselves. This parochialism extends to matters political and even financial, and will in the end trip us up.

CHERYL A. HUTCHISON Alexandria

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