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ZipUSA I spent some time in Mentone in the early 1950s, watching some oil wells being drilled. There were two cafes then and a few more people than now. Each of the cafes was the unofficial head quarters of one of the political factions. I ate in each of them and found it expedient to keep my mouth shut on things politi cal. I was told that during one election they had to call in the Texas Rangers to count the votes. STANLEY REYNOLDS Midland, Texas The "no lawyers" crack in your article about Mentone, Texas, was uncalled for. So there are no lawyers in town-I guess that means that there is no one for the church board to call for some free legal advice on that boundary dispute, no one for the working-class family to call in the middle of the night when their teenage son gets into some trouble (more free advice), no neighbor to approach over the backyard fence to ask about incorporating a small business. I am starting to think that maybe I should move to Mentone. They need me. DUNCAN TURNER Attorney-at-Law Seattle, Washington Forum I The citizens of Mentone no longer need to travel 75 miles to get to the nearest movie theater. They now have to go only 23 miles to Pecos, where the State Theatre has reopened. The restored theater has several neat touches. One is a "crying room"-a glass-fronted room with speakers in it so parents of babies can see the movie and the other patrons are able to hear it. CINDY SHORES Pecos, Texas Congratulations on the inaugu ration of your new feature. If you decide to highlight zip code 71749, however, you will have to decide whether to cover Junction City in Union County, Arkansas, Junction City in Union Parish, Louisiana, or Junction City in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. This anomaly is due to the fact that zip codes represent locations of delivering post offices, and, in this case, one office delivers across counties and across states. AARON SUBAR Monsey, New York Rana Tharu Women As a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal I met Eric Valli on a dusty road outside my village and learned he was working on an Oill NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * JANUARY 2001 September 2000 When our redesignedSeptember issue landed in mailboxes, it left some of our readers nostalgicand others delighted to see the change. "Itis with some sadness that I bid farewell to your magazine's old cover," wrote one reader, "butyour new look-cover and all has not changed the excellence inside." Another responded, "Itlooks greatand feels alive." :: :/ i/ :;7 i // i-iiiil NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increaseand diffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 6,500 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. 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