Opinion | The Solitary Queen Elizabeth: An Iconic Image

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To the Editor:

Your April 18 front-page photograph of Queen Elizabeth II sitting alone in a choir stall of St. George’s Chapel at the funeral service for her husband, Prince Philip, was indescribably poignant. It was also iconic.

I can think of no other image that has so perfectly captured our experience as a world since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic more than a year ago. That solitary woman portrayed it all: grief, isolation, loneliness, and through it all determination, deep faith and incomparable dignity.

(Rev.) Edward A. Ryan
Garden City, N.Y.

My Name Is Karen. Enough With the Insults.

To the Editor:

Re “I’m the Head of Planned Parenthood. We’re Done Making Excuses for Our Founder” (Op-Ed, nytimes.com, April 17):

I have always been a big supporter of Planned Parenthood, but after reading Alexis McGill Johnson’s article about Margaret Sanger, I am really disappointed. Ms. McGill Johnson repeatedly used my name, Karen, as a reference to bad people. Horrible people. She has bought into the grade-school mentality that has perpetrated this insult.

Well, other Karens and I have had it.

Ms. McGill Johnson advocates for reproductive freedom for all. How about freedom from juvenile insults involving your name? I have always loved my name, so there.

Karen Roy
Napa, Calif.

Insight Into Wisdom

To the Editor:

Re “Wisdom Isn’t What You Think It Is” (column, April 16):

David Brooks’s understanding of wisdom resonates with me. After 88 years of life and 48 years of practicing yoga daily, I feel very comfortable with his point of view. I have made lots of mistakes but have had many more successes.

I have always paid attention to one of my teacher’s sayings: “It’s a good day to fail; that’s when you really learn something.”

Edward J. Wardwell
Oberlin, Ohio

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