The Des Moines Register
Friday, September 18, 1998, Page 12A


        In his Sept. 1 letter, Carl Olsen claimed he was traumatized by his circumcision and being dropped down a flight of steps, though he doesn't remember them.
        My encyclopedia says trauma "is an experience of such emotional strength that it leaves a lasting impression on the mind."
        I'd like to ask Olsen how something that he can't remember left a lasting impression on his mind?

-- Richard Sheldon,
1127 Oak Park Avenue, Des Moines.