Letters: Airport Security, Cadaver Art
DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:
Time now for your letters. A lot of listeners had something to say about Martin Kaste's report yesterday on first class flyers breezing through airport security. Art Weigwieser(ph) of Edinboro, Pennsylvania kept his comments short and rather tart. Give the high-roller passengers their bigger seats, free drinks, and better food, but their butts should wait in security lines like the rest of us peasants.
But listener Jacqueline Farley(ph) pointed out that many of the people riding in first class are not necessarily wealthy. Many of them are business travelers who fly every week for their jobs. She adds that the angry coach passengers need a reality check. What they're really angry about is how their own inexperience in traveling led to their failure to arrive at the airport early enough to compensate for the increased security.
Many of you were intrigued and disturbed by bioethicist Ruth Levy Guyer's comments about the preserved cadavers on display at the Body Worlds exhibit. Guyer wondered, what does it say about us humans that we have forgotten our moral obligations to the dead?
Sherry Damon(ph) wrote in from Mount Olive, North Carolina with her answer. That sense is now shaped by three things, she wrote. One, evolution, which teaches that we are no different from or better than animals. Two, calling unborn children fetuses. And three, mercy killing of the elderly, disabled and terminally ill. She goes on to say, these three moral and cultural transformations have made cadaver displays not only tolerable but acceptable entertainment.
Listener Bonita Hill(ph) told us she saw the Body Worlds exhibit in Saint Paul, Minnesota and found the crowds there respectful of the bodies. She writes, As a physician, I find the body incredibly beautiful, complex and awe-inspiring. It seemed that other viewers felt the same way. I believe we all left with a new sense of responsibility for our bodies.
And finally, a correction from listener Catherine Carlin(ph) in Los Angeles. Margo Adler misidentified one of the actresses in her story about musicals on the A train. It's not Susan but Stephanie D'Abruzzo who was a Tony award nominee for her work in Avenue Q.
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