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Mencken lives

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I write to commend the G. Jefferson Price III on his outstanding thesis regarding the observations of H.L. Mencken, the "Sage of Baltimore" ("'The White House will be adorned by a downright moron,'" Nov. 25). Mr. Price's piece was both prescient and hilarious. (In fact, I am still laughing about it some 48 hours later.) I never met H.L. Mencken, but my father whose name was H.N. Minkin was a contemporary of his, and since Mencken received correspondence from across the country while he was with The Evening Sun, my father became acquainted with him (casually) due to the fact that many people around the country could not spell Mencken and thus my father inadvertently received mail for him and would often deliver it to him. To say that Mencken's observations on today's political climate would be humorous is to grossly understate the obvious!

Even though dated, his observations are spot on with respect to the American public today. Furthermore, Mr. Price brilliantly couches his observations in such a way that it is not too far a stretch to say that Mencken yet lives.

Finally, Mr. Price's observations are greatly missed by those of us who are longtime readers of your paper, and here's hoping that you call upon him from time to time to brighten your oped page.

Tom Minkin, Baltimore

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