Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 14/08/97

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

The joys of pageantry

Regular Gusworld readers will have noticed that it's been a while since I updated the popular Dumb Quotes From Pageant Life section. The main reason for this is that it's been a while since I received a new issue. I haven't got a subscription renewal notice, but I suspect that the crew at Pageant Life may have stumbled across my trenchant criticisms and quietly decided to remove me from their lives.

Certainly, other pro-pageant forces are getting worried by the page. I received the following email this morning:

Get a grip fella! I have seen countless young women benifit (sic) from participating in pageant competitions for the past 20 years! So over that time period I have had the unique opportunity to see many of these young women grow up, and become mature, responsible citizens. Some are doctor, lawyers, teachers,etc. They for the most part felt very positive about their pageant experiences. Most of them earned college scholarships to help with their education. It's no wonder that it is a fact that the Miss America Pageant is the largest source of college scholarships for women in the world! Thats not just Rhode Island, or the good ol USA, thats the planet! While I don't particularly care for childrens pageants, I have a great regard for Teen and Miss Pageants. I have seen family members grow from their experiences. I have judged a few of these competitions over the past 20 years. The individuals associated with these programs are for the most part honest, loving individuals. It is easy to make snap judgements because a young lady was murdered in Colorado. Chances are her participation in pageants just might have been where she had the most fun.
Frank K.Lameira
Elk Grove,Ca.

Quite aside from my mild objection to being called "fella" by someone I hardly know, there are a few points Frank raises that are worth discussing:

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