Letters: Ron Paul And Random College Roommates

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Neal Conan reads listener comments about previous segments, including responses to an interview about the benefits of randomly assigned roommates and Conan's interview with Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul.

NEAL CONAN, host: It's Tuesday, and time to read from your comments.

Our conversation with presidential hopeful Ron Paul brought this comment from Michael Cullen(ph) in Berlin, Germany. Too bad nobody had the gumption to ask Ron Paul about how to get America back to work and reduce the unemployment rate. He wrote, that is the biggest problem in the U.S. Whoever solves it saves America and also reduces the deficit.

When we spoke with sociologist Dalton Conley about the advantages of having randomly assigned roommates in college, Rebecca Neal(ph) sent this succinct note: If your sleep schedule and theirs don't coincide, it won't work.

Yesterday, we asked for six-word memoirs about work in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Irene Soderstrom(ph) in Lawrence, Kansas, wrote: My boss is two-months old. And when I hailed everyone else working on the holiday, Peter Rodman in Davis, California, argued that I was not exactly at labor. Labor is sweating, mining, laying track, welding steel, swabbing decks, mopping floors, pulling cables, driving forklifts, lifting bales, pounding nails, generally making something new or fixing something to make it work. He wrote, you are at work. This does not mean that I do not respect what you do, only that to place yourself amongst those who are laboring today misrepresents the real meaning of labor.

Finally, we end with a correction from Tom Green in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I believe I heard you say during Thursday's TALK OF THE NATION that journalist Neil Sheehan reported on Vietnam for the AP. In fact, before he went to work for The New York Times, Sheehan was a reporter for United Press International.

And an omission, yesterday, I neglected to note that Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne is also a regular contributor to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

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