Magazine November 2, 2009, Issue

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A view of the top of the monument to Captain Cook at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii (Surfsupusa/Wikimedia Commons)

Smile
The Straggler (the always entertaining John Derbyshire) makes a strong argument for the celebration of the 18th century (“The Glorious Eighteenth,” October 19). But P. J. O’Rourke had a wise and ready rejoinder for anyone who looks back upon the olden days with too much longing: modern dentistry.

Robert Sterling
Via e-mail

John Derbyshire replies: Having been raised in England, I did not encounter modern dentistry until I settled in the U.S.A. in my 40s. If I could cope without it, I am sure others can too.

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My compliments to Mark Steyn on his article about the September 12 march in Washington (“Right Turn

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