Charles Krauthammer's Oct. 15 op-ed, "An Edwards Outrage," reminded me of the late comedian Gilda Radner's character Emily Litella, who would go on an indignant rant based on a misunderstanding of what someone said; when told of the mistake she would conclude, "Oh. Never mind."

It is clear from Sen. John Edwards's statement that he is promising the Kerry administration would clear the path for the work that could ultimately find a way to cure or circumvent paralysis. He did not, as Mr. Krauthammer said, suggest that such a cure was "imminent" or that it would occur during a Kerry administration.

At this stage of the campaign advocates and commentators look for the latest "outrage." If that is what Mr. Krauthammer was doing, it was a fairly lame attempt. If, however, he misunderstood what Mr. Edwards said, I suggest he give us an "Emily Litella."

MICHAEL CURRY

Austin

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Charles Krauthammer called John Edwards's exaggerated promise of healing the disabled the most "loathsome display of demagoguery" he has seen in 25 years in Washington.

Mr. Krauthammer's memory is obviously short, because he forgets Vice President Cheney's Sept. 7 statement that "if we make the wrong choice," i.e. elect John Kerry, "then the danger is that we'll get hit again" by terrorists.

JOHN SCHACHTER

Arlington