The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1995 · Page 54
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 54

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 14, 1995
Page 54
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A Thousand Concerts Ago, I Had Cancer. Julie Parcells, Cancer Patient "The violin is my life, and playing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is a dream come true. "So when my life— my dream— was threatened by breast cancer, I set out to attack it with the same intensity I bring to my music. I searched for a hospital with a more human environment, open to new ways of treating cancer, like fractionated-dose chemotherapy, in my case. "A place that treats the person, not just the cancer. "A place that uses nutrition to strengthen the immune system, encourages patients to get personally involved. Some place that could give me the stamina to keep playing. "I found Cancer Treatment Centers of America™. They did the rest. And for the last five years, every check-up has been the same. 'No sign of cancer.' "Needless to say, I have treasured every concert since, a thousand times over." If you or someone you love has cancer, find out how Cancer Treatment Centers of America™ can help. Call today. OF AMERICA 1-800-234-2402 Because cancer varies with the individual, treatment and effectiveness also vary. No case is typical and no results guaranteed. The meaning of 'Gump' I want to comment on two stories that appeared in your March 31- April 2 issue. First, I enjoyed the cover story on novelist Robert James Waller, who is an average person with an extraordinary talent for making a plain story come alive with feeling and heart ("Literary outlaw"). Critics have never known what the public wants to read in books or see in theaters. They are so busy analyzing and picking everything apart that they are unable to recognize a story that will touch someone's heart. Secondly, I want to say "hooray" for Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump, the book that turned into an Oscar-sweeping movie ("Get off my Gump!"). He has received little acknowledgment for his creation of an unforgettable character, and he is correct in chastising those who want to politicize Forrest, who is, after all, a work of fiction. KIM JACOBSEN Caquille, Ore. For those intent on casting Gump as conservative or liberal: It seems Americans are always reading symbolism and hidden meanings into things. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Lighten up! STEVE BROTEN Los Angeles Forrest Gump is a great movie in that it emphasizes moral virtues like honesty, dignity and decency, all of which are conspicuously absent in contemporary America. However, it does give a wrong message by implying that a person of low IQ can achieve fabulous riches and fame just by being morally upright. This doesn't jibe with reality, considering the variety of skills needed to just barely survive in this complex society. Contrary to Mr. Groom's views, young people with impressionable minds are influenced by the messages movies convey. A movie is not "just a story." PRADEEP K. SRIVASTAVA Detroit Write to "Letters," USA WEEKEND, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229-0012. Please include a daytime telephone number. Or fax a letter to: 703-276-5518. Letters may be edited for clarity or space, d 14 USA WEBKHND • May 12-1-), 1WS

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