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Re "Utah principal apologizes after dance hemline debacle" (Tribune, Oct. 2):

In looking at the line of inappropriately dressed high school young women whom the principal turned away from the homecoming dance at Stansbury High, I was first surprised how frilly the dresses were (I just don't keep up with the styles). Then I focused on the dresses' length, and I was shocked, shocked! that they were a couple of inches above the knees!

I was taken back to similar skirmishes (really wars) about miniskirts in my late-1960s high school. By the early '70s, administrators had given in, and even teachers were wearing short dresses.

It didn't make any difference. As we sang then, "When will we ever learn."

There are more important things to worry about and police, Principal Kendall Topham.

Johan West

Salt Lake City

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