Letters to the Editor

Week of September 3, 2003

Mr. Abrams' inability to meet women stems, I fear, from deeper problems than online dating services which don't meet his personal criteria. The last two paragraphs of Lessley Anderson's article are quite telling: He badgers the writer, asking if she has "any cute single friends." And -- having been presented with an opportunity, via Ms. Anderson -- immediately dismisses this opportunity, on the grounds of a graphic on a Web page.

Hopefully, Mr. Abrams is honest in his own Friendster profile. It should read: "Dour, clenched, humorless, anal-retentive software programmer seeks cute single girls with similar personality traits. Must be dismissive of creativity, hostile to sarcasm & wit, and have a nice set of nay-nays."

Hell, Mr. Abrams is missing a vast pool of potential dates. All he has to do is join the Ayn Rand Society and/or the Church of Scientology.

Dean Du Pont
San Pablo

Fun Facts About Finland

Or waste of Letters space? You be the judge:I would like to point out a couple of mistakes in Jean Oppenheimer's review of the film The Cuckoo in your Aug. 13 issue. Oppenheimer tries to explain the cultural and historical context of the film, but unfortunately incorrectly.

First, the indigenous people of northern Europe are called "The Sami" rather than "Lapps" or "Laplanders" and they speak Sami, not "Lapp."

Second, Oppenheimer explains that Finland surrendered to the Allies in 1944, which is not true. Finland, which gained its independence in 1917, has never been occupied by any foreign army. The Second World War between Finland and the Soviet Union ended in an armistice that took effect on Sept. 5, 1944.

Third, the Finnish protagonist's name should be spelled "Veikko," not "Veiko."

Katri Tuori
Nob Hill

Editor's note:Tuori is correct that Finland did not surrender in World War II, although the history of Finnish involvement in the war is more complicated than she suggests. The Finns fought twice against the Soviet Union during the conflict, first in 1939-40, the so-called "Winter War," and again from 1941 to '44. Both engagements ended in peace treaties with harsh terms for Finland, which remained an independent nation but gave up large chunks of its territory to the Soviets. The 1944 armistice also required Finland to pay heavy reparations to its powerful neighbor. Under Soviet pressure, the Finns then turned on their former German allies, attacking Nazi troops stationed in northern Finland in what was called the "Lapland War."

As to the spelling of the protagonist's name, the movie's PR materials use "Veiko."

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