Letters: Giuliani, Suffragists and Heavy Metal Debbie Elliott reads listener e-mails. Among the topics: Rudolph Giuliani's terrorism-fighting credentials; the derogatory nature of the word "suffragette;" and one listener takes offense to our story about heavy metal.

Letters: Giuliani, Suffragists and Heavy Metal

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Time now to get caught up on your letters.

And in a discussion of Rudolph Giuliani's presidential chances last weekend, I said the former New York mayor has credentials when it comes to fighting terrorism. Based upon what, asked Jim Pettite(ph) of Atlanta. He continues, Giuliani was an admittedly impressive public persona after the 9/11 attack, but that is not the same as fighting terrorism. Rather than repeating as accepted wisdom that Guiliani has the credentials to fight terrorism, I ask that you question whether he does.

In my look back at Susan B. Anthony, I called her the country's leading suffragette. But as Kate Steinberg of Brooklyn, New York points out, the term the women used to describe themselves was suffragists. Suffragettes was a pejorative term used by detractors to belittle them.

A few weeks ago we aired Jacki Lyden's story about a road trip to Florida with her mother.

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JACKI LYDEN: Isn't it pretty out here?

Ms. LYDEN (Mother): It's beautiful.

LYDEN: Can you tell me what you're seeing?

Ms. LYDEN: I'm seeing the ocean and the tide come in.

ELLIOTT: Rita Yahstead(ph) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania writes, My own mother just died, and even though she was a severe diabetic and had congestive heart failure, her last trip to Florida for the wedding of her granddaughter is one we shall all remember. She and my father continued to travel no matter the inconvenience and difficulty, because, as you so aptly noted, it meant they were still alive.

And finally, Kenneth Hutchinson was less taken with the piece we ran on the state of heavy metal.

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ELLIOTT: He writes, I cannot imagine that any of the millions of listeners to NPR could even tolerate that type of cacophony. For that matter, I cannot imagine that anyone with an IQ over 40 can tolerate it. You were just assaulting and angering everyone.

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