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Readers write about Bush's diplomacy, Benazir Bhutto's will, racial bias in soccer, and the overload of information in schools.

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Regarding Jonathan Zimmerman's Feb. 7 Opinion piece, "Africans' lingering bias against blacks": African football [soccer] has obviously not developed as well as European football; therefore Europe has better coaches. England has an Italian coach presently, and had a Swedish coach before him. Do the English suffer from Italo-Scandinavian inferiority? No, they want the best coach available.

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Thomas MacInnis
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Regarding Mr. Zimmerman's Opinion piece on Africans' racial bias in soccer: Why does Zimmerman not allow for the fact that soccer teams of any color should be able to hire the best coaching staff they can find? Individuals should by judged by their skills, not by skin color. Why should the players with darker skin be prevented from getting the best coaching available, regardless of the coach's shade of skin?

Eric Smith
Yuba City, Calif.

Take time to undo information overload

Regarding Thomas Washington's Feb. 6 Opinion piece, "We're on information overload": I take issue with this school librarian's opinion when he elevates scanning and extracting main ideas from chunks of text above the kind of deep reading a literary novel demands.

In a pressure-cooker educational milieu, there appears to be no time for religion, philosophy, meditation, poetry, drama, or soul-searching art.

We cheat ourselves if we don't take up the challenge of great literature.

Kitty Bryant
Fort Valley, Va.

Thomas Washington's recent Opinion piece on information overload was right on the mark. Students today are inundated with bits and pieces of information that they are supposed to ingest like fast food.

I wonder if students will ever have an opportunity to read Jane Austen at their leisure rather than just read it in order to pass a test of some sort.

The students I teach desire to do their best. They are thoughtful and caring people. I really enjoy teaching them, but I know from talking to them that they are on "information overload."

Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight
Chicago Professor of Education

St. Xavier University

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