Davuluri represents

all of modern America

I am personally appalled and offended by racial attacks on our new beautiful and talented Miss America, Nina Davuluri.

What is wrong with this country? This young woman, just a few years shy of my own daughter's age, was born in Syracuse, N.Y. She excelled in every aspect of the competition and truly earned the title of Miss America. She will be using the scholarship money to help pay for medical school and become a doctor.

She represents all of America - today's America, and not the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Barbie doll stereotyped woman (thank goodness!) of the 1950s.

Let's move on, people. Grow up, get smart, open your eyes and enter the current century and congratulate this beautiful young woman and all that she stands for.

LOIS C. ANGELOZZI

Mays Landing

Parade ticket policy

•eeds to be improved

Regarding the Miss America parade:

In prior years when I attended the parade, I had a numbered seat. I knew that the money spent on a ticket was well worth it. This year was totally different.

I suggest that if tickets are sold, they should be numbered and the policy of no seat without a ticket should be enforced.

No one was checking tickets this year. This sends a message that people do not need to buy a ticket and can still sit and watch the parade.

Also, there were too many rows of chairs on the Boardwalk. No room was left behind the chairs so that people could walk behind spectators. Instead, people walked in front of the first row for the entire parade, and no one stopped them. This was very annoying as it blocked the views of paying patrons.

If officials want people to attend the parade and buy a ticket, things had better change.

ANNE MARIE BRIGUGLIO

Staten Island, N.Y.

Walkers marred view

of Miss America parade

The Miss America parade was an outstanding effort by all involved. Organizers are to be commended. Unfortunately, there was one problem with watching it.

We purchased tickets for $20 each to have seats to view the parade and were happy to sit in the second row near Resorts Casino Hotel. But as soon as the parade began, we and everyone else in the seats realized that the view was going to be completely obstructed by the solid column of people walking by between us and the parade.

If you attend the Rose Parade in California, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City or the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, they all place the viewers up close to the parade and leave walking space behind them. In Atlantic City, they placed the chairs back against the railings, leaving no walkway.

It is certainly nice to have Miss America back in Atlantic City. But perhaps next year the parade organizers could devise a way for the paying audience to actually see the parade. They could do this by placing the walkway behind the chairs. Another suggestion might be to place the chairs on one side of the Boardwalk and allow people to walk along the other side.

DONNA BROWN

Hammonton

Miss America Pageant

belongs in Atlantic City

Who said you can't go home again?

You can - if home is Atlantic City and you are Miss America. Congratulations to each and every person and organization that contributed to the planning of this year's pageant parade. My mother, Helen Damico, was in the pageant parade in 1921 when the rolling chairs were the floats.

Thank you, Atlantic City, for your "welcome home" to the beauties. Continue to stay on the success side of the street.

CHRISTINE DAMICO

Atlantic City