One of the benefits of an education beyond high school should be the ability to recognize and understand propaganda. Even the word "propaganda" has become a "glittering generality."

Those of us who tire of being bamboozled by extremists would do well to learn the seven basic techniques of propaganda. (Hint: One technique is identified in this letter.) The decisions we will make, whether informed or not, will have a profound impact on the future of our country. Today, we fail to recognize propaganda at our peril.

Steven G. Wheaton

Vietnam veteran