I have been reading Nat Hentoff's work since he was writing for Down Beatmagazine in the '50s. His views on music and human rights have been a model for me in standing up for my beliefs, and in my 30-year career as a musician and producer, and I consider it a privilege to finally thank Hentoff for his intelligence and his writings. He made a difference in my life such a long time ago, and in a way that has helped me be proud of the capabilities of human beings.
Richard Goldstein's "Anthrax as AIDS" [October 30] was so fitting and touching. Although I am an expat, my family lives in New Jerseyand there have been a number of times I have called home crying, worried about them. Goldstein's article reminded me that it's OK to be scared, but we can't live in fear.