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There was plenty of reaction to host Scott Simon's essay last week about the jury that acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter. Also, last week, we spoke with Thomas Stuker, who was on his way to amassing a total of 10 million frequent flyer miles on United Airlines. Simon reads listener comments on those stories and more.


Time now for your letters. Plenty of reaction to my essay last week about the jury that acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her two-year-old daughter. The case was the subject of national attention and lots of public anger. I said justice is served when juries know that if they take their responsibilities seriously, they're free to reach decisions they know may be unpopular.

Jeanne Lynch Nelson writes on Facebook: Thank you for bringing some sanity to the discussion.

Felicia Galvan Adams writes: The jury made the correct decision based on the evidence presented to them, but justice for a dead child was not served.

SIMON: When juries fail to reach the verdict society demands, society usually extracts its own verdict in the form of peer pressure. This jury may have acquitted Anthony in this particular case, but I doubt she'll ever be able to live normally among normal people again.

Last week, we brought you a story about a 22-year-old American prom queen-turned-foster mom, Katie Davis. She now cares for 13 young girls in Uganda.

KATIE DAVIS: People definitely ask me why so many. I don't know. These are the children that God brought to my door. Knowing that there's nowhere else for them to go, I don't find myself capable of sending them away.

SIMON: Sam Baxter writes on our web site: In a society where we idolize people for all the wrong reasons, here is an example of a young woman worthy of admiration.

But Benjamin Fisher says: It's unfair to put her on a pedestal for performing a role that would go completely unnoticed if it were done by a Ugandan. And more importantly, has she thought about the consequences for the children she's caring for if she decides to go back to the United States?

DAVIS: Last week, we spoke with Thomas Stuker, who was on his way to amassing a total of 10 million frequent flyer miles on United Airlines. Those are actual miles flown, he's quick to point out. He says flying is a passion.

THOMAS STUKER: I just love travel. I mean, for a person who 25 years ago was scared to death of flying. I couldn't get on an aircraft, it really bothered me. But now it's evolved to a time where if I go a week without a flight. I just feel something is not right. You know?

DAVIS: That prompted Gregory Slater to write on our web site: What's his carbon footprint?

SIMON: Finally, a few responses about last Saturday's profile of the late musician Peter Tosh, who was one of the founding members of the Wailers - made famous by Bob Marley.

DAVIS: Evan Friedell writes: Tosh was an incredible singer with a unique, emotional baritone that demanded attention. Although his career was overshadowed by Marley's, his talent and capabilities were on the same high level.

SIMON: And Leonard Riddick says: Peter Tosh, a true roots man, long live.


PETER TOSH: (Singing) ) Where you gonna run, all of that day...

SIMON: We welcome your comments. Go to and click on the Contact Us link. You can also post a comment on Facebook, and you can send me a tweet at nprscottsimon, all one word.

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