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Delta Fares Fair

Regarding The Tech’s article “Planes, Trains, and Chinatown Buses” [Oct. 4]:

Delta had discontinued their “Youth Shuttle Pack” last fall, but it was reinstated this past August. A four-pack runs about $265, the eight-pack runs about $465.

Outside of the youth fare, you are able to buy a ticket for less than 100 dollars each way. For a round trip ticket that you buy seven days in advance, it is about $123.50. For a one way ticket you buy at least 3 days in advance, you will pay about $63.

The problem is if you decide the day of that you want to fly to New York -- thus I would recommend you buy the Youth Shuttle pack, whose coupons are valid for one year from the date you buy them.

In addition, Delta has a guarantee that says if you will get from check-in to the gate in less than 20 minutes or you get 20,000 SkyMiles. On top of this, I have shown up 10 minutes before departure time, and have had no problem getting onto that flight. You do not need to be at the airport one hour in advance.

Linda Yu ’02


[LTE]Illogical Expectations[body]
Believing that war will “bring democracy” to Iraq [“Illogical Arguments,” Oct. 8] is difficult without wilful blindness towards both history and the present administration’s stated intentions.
In 1988, when Hussein (then a useful ally) had 5000 Iraqi Kurds gassed in 48 hours, the American response was not to bomb, or even complain, but instead to continue supplying Iraq with weapons, training and intelligence. Today, the same Kurds are brutalized in nearby Turkey, one of the largest recipients of U.S. military aid. Predicting the future after “regime change” isn’t difficult: high on the Administration’s wish list of strong men for a post-Saddam Iraq is none other than the infamous General Nizar Al-Khazraji who headed the 1988 massacre, and who kicked a small Kurdish child to death in the same year.
There are indeed many “illogical arguments” circulating around the war on Iraq, and believing fairy tales about “good and evil” and “democracy and terrorism” are responsible for many of them.
Aram Harrow G [sig]