Enjoying a harmonious moment

The photograph of a Chechen soldier (``West Gets Stingy on Aid Over Russia's War Moves,'' Jan. 13) pausing to play an abandoned piano in the middle of a war-ravaged street is the most compelling picture that we have seen out of this tragic conflagration.

An armed comrade listens to the music intently, apparently forgetful, for the moment, of the danger and destruction that surrounds them. Was the music dark and sad, or sweet and hopeful? One wonders. The picture speaks volumes for the human spirit and the indomitable beauty in man, and it should be a candidate for a journalistic award. Betty Pittman, Orlando, Fla.

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