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THE GIFT OF GIVING
I have flown more than 2 million miles on American Airlines. I always read American Way from cover to cover, and the article on giving (“Vantage Point,” Oct. 1 and 15) by your CEO, Thomas W. Horton, stirred me into thinking about what I can do. My family and I have been lucky to take great vacations, so I asked them this year to put aside the Christmas money they usually spend. Instead of buying gifts, we are going to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and send someone less fortunate on a fun vacation to wherever they want to go. The idea came from your CEO’s letter, and I’m hoping this may inspire others to give. We are so blessed to live in a country that allows us to do something small to make a difference. Happy holidays to all.
Patrick R. Patterson, Huntington Beach, Calif.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JESSICA JONES RESPONDS: What a wonderful and thoughtful idea, Patrick. If others take your advice and put this into practice, it could make a great difference.



PANAMA MEMORIES
I would have been guessing a long time what city was on the cover of the Oct. 15 edition of American Way if someone had asked me without letting me see the “Open for Business” tag line. It has been 42 years since I ran around the streets of Panama City, Panama. To say a lot has changed would be an understatement. From Fort Kobbe, where my dad was stationed, I used to ride my bike to the Miraflores Locks, sit on the hill and watch ships go through. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending time in the jungles and beaches near the base. I have always wanted to go back, now more than ever.
Paul Midkiff, Fort Worth, Texas

EDITOR ADAM PITLUK RESPONDS: You put the story into perspective, Paul. It’s one thing for us to tell people Panama City is growing, but since we don’t know what it looked like before, how do we really know? Thanks to your letter, we do now.



A GRAND INFLUENCE
I always enjoy reading American Way during my frequent trips to the U.S. to visit my daughter, and I also bring a copy home to share with friends and family. As a gynecologist, I appreciate the magazine’s support of the Breast Cancer Awareness program Miles for the Cure. It is a touching example to be followed. Flying home recently from Miami, I read “Homage to Heroes” (Sept. 15) about grandmothers. When I was 12, my mother moved to the U.S. and planned for us to spend our lives there. She decided for personal reas­ons to move back to São Paulo later, but she still loves the American way of living. When my daughter was 12, our family moved to the U.S. for a year so I could work on my doctorate, and we had the most wonderful experience. Now, 12 years later, my daughter has achieved her grandmother’s dream: She lives in the U.S. We can thank Grandma for being the inspiration for both of us.
Viviane Herrmann, São Paulo

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAN HUBBARD RESPONDS: The story of your daughter living the dream that her grandmother envisioned is a great one, Viviane. Thank you for sharing it with us.



EVEN THE ADS ARE GOOD
This may be unusual, but I must say the ads in American Way are fun. “Be a Miles Fairy” reminds people to share. I used my miles to send a missionary to Sri Lanka and later was given miles to do a medical mission in Africa. We can spread the light by donating solar lights to illuminate India’s poor sectors on Onemillionlights.org. The interview with Michael Chabon on his book Telegraph Avenue (“Itinerary,” Sept. 15) was better than most book reviews, and “Only in L.A.* (Lower Alabama)” had a wide variety of sites, lodging and eats from bargain to posh.
Barbara Lamm, Kona, Hawaii

J.J. RESPONDS: Thanks for the nice words, Barbara. I’m so glad that you like the magazine — including the ads. Thanks for flying AA and for reading American Way.



LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
I am new to American Airlines and I have to admit I love reading your magazine because it has interesting surprises even for working, busy grandmothers like me. I recently flew from London to New York and took the magazine with me and finished it after a few days in New York. The articles were intriguing and pleasant, and I finished reading all of it. Thanks again for such a refreshing magazine.
Lidya Maltz, Tel Aviv, Israel

A.P. RESPONDS: Welcome into the AA fold and the literary world of American Way, Lidya. We’re happy to have you onboard, and we look forward to entertaining you on future trips.



APPRECIATE THE LANGUAGE
Thank you, American Way, for not following the herd. As a solo female adventure traveler who flies regularly, I appreciate magazines geared to a large and diverse audience. Your features, such as the Panama City cover story­ (Oct. 15), display none of the anti-single bias common elsewhere in the travel industry. More than half of American adults are single, generally by choice. Thank you for embracing this demographic reality. Thank you also for providing content-based articles written in plain English, instead of the baby talk favored by entertainment columnists and publications marketed to women. Few business travelers or child-free adults understand words like fave, brekkie or vacay, and no adult uses them when speaking or writing to another adult. It’s refreshing to find a magazine that is free of patronizing language.
R.A. Williams, Albuquerque, N.M.

J.H. RESPONDS: We do endorse the use of plain, creative English, R.A. Thanks for sending a note and recognizing that.