Menstuff® has compiled the following information on Time Magazine's "Common Sense" Ad (3/3/03)

We Wrote:

Dear Time Magazine:

As requested in your ad in the March 3 issue, I''ll "Join the conversation." There are a lot of better ways to encourage people to join the conversation than using what might seem as an obvious extreme national security measure as an example but isn't.

"Whoever design and approved this ad obviously doesn't know that many Vietnamese children, who had been accepted by the GI's in Viet Nam to shine shoes, do their laundry, etc, were then wired with explosives, went back into the same GI barracks and were detonated, killing not only themselves but many U.S. military personnel. So, if security becomes lax, I wouldn't assume that this tactic wouldn't be used again. A terrorist could look like you or me. Your next door neighbor might be one and s/he may be under 10 years old."

Their Initial Response

Dear Reader:

Thank you for writing. We welcome timely, insightful reactions to material we have published, and we can assure you that your observations found an attentive audience among the editors. Should your comments be selected for the column, you will be notified in advance of publication. Again, our thanks for letting us hear from you. We hope that you will write again should you discover something of particular interest in the news or in our reporting of it.

Best wishes.

TIME Letters

As of 2/16/04 there has been no further response from Time.

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