In answer to the writer who was offended by Orson Scott Card's piece in Mormon Times, I was sucked in immediately by the opening paragraph: "I am so thrilled to be alive during the new Golden Age of righteousness and purity in the Mormon Church."

I thought, "My gosh, when did that happen and I knew nothing about it?"

It was not until the ninth paragraph that the truth hit me. Card was writing tongue-in-cheek. His article was aimed at those who have the conviction they are morally superior to others, those who feel smugly virtuous. In a story told for my latest book, Robin Doyle, who is sightless, wrote, "I have learned not to criticize others; it has been my experience that you may one day find yourself on the other end of that criticism."

I add, "Amen."

Joy Robinson

Salt Lake City