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THANK YOU FOR ALEC MAPA'S "ODYSSEY TO CAMBODIA" [SUMMER 2008]. My partner and I visited Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in December 2007. While Mapa is quite correct in stating that over 50% of the population is under the age of 20, the lives of almost everyone we met, regardless of age, had been affected by the Khmer Rouge regime. Our guide saw his father and grandfather assassinated; he had to lie about his occupation and change his name in order to survive. An educator, he was put to work for 12 or more hours in the rice fields, and to this day he will not reveal his real family name, preferring to keep the name that helped save his life. In spite of what the population has experienced, we have seldom anywhere in the world seen happier, smiling faces on people who would do anything for you to ensure that your stay in their country would be a pleasurable and memorable one. Thanks, Alec, for a diary of your travels. Well done!

--Olen J. Earnest, Orlando, Fla.

THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING METRO DETROIT NOT ONCE BUT TWICE IN THE SUMMER 2008 EDITION. In spite of an occasional bad rap and a local economy that feels downturns first and recoveries last, some few million call the region home. Since global warming, the climate's become rather enjoyable! Come see us.

--Brian Drumm, Rochester Hills, Mich.

CAN I BELIEVE WHAT JUST DROPPED INTO MY MAILBOX? I have always enjoyed Out Traveler for its global perspective. This issue ["Summer Road Trips," Summer 2008] is too local: an America-centric, car-centric lifestyle. At a time that carbon footprints and mega-oil industry profits are at record highs, why encourage more of this environmentally limiting behavior? I have taken all these trips, alternatively relaxing by train or ship, and they were less environmentally and physically harmful than by car.--Jeff Cacy, Seattle
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Title Annotation:OUT TRAVELERS
Author:Earnest, Olen J.; Drumm, Brian; Cacy, Jeff
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 9, 2008
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