Yes, I agree with the writer who claims, "we need more accountability" from newspapers and television. Another, who says rightly, "The line between fact and fiction has been stretching and near to breaking for a long time now." Just one tiny example: "The DaVinci Code" is not non-fiction, good thriller, like a movie on paper, but not by any means historical.

Also along the lines of accountability, and then on a different thought, impressionable young folks, especially if gullible or naive, may think if a book is on the best seller list, that it must have some value? Not so. I recall that such garbage as books featuring sado-masochism, and other perversions such as torturing women and/or sex with animals, have actually made the famous bestseller list.

Being from a family of readers and library users, I remember these things. Just think, until after World War II such ugly junk would not have even been purchased by public libraries. But today with our "anything goes" society, librarians have been heard to say, "If we have enough calls for this horrid book, we have to buy it!" How our standards have fallen.

To the young people who may actually read these comments, except for documentaries, everything you see on television would be in the fiction area of a library, even believe it or not those proclaiming the true story, or supposed biographies which contain many errors, outright lies, and mistakes. Please discriminate and educate yourselves. As good teachers have been known to tell students, "research, research!"

Marjorie Cromwell

Long Beach

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