Funicello about much more than puppy love

Your April 9 editorial about the death of two famous, yet vastly different women – Maggie Thatcher and Annette Funicello – seriously downplayed the importance and symbolism of Annette to pre-Kennedy assassination, pre-Vietnam America.

She reflected far, far more than male adolescent puppy love. In many ways she was a metaphor for American social and political innocence, later destroyed by assassinations, civil strife, unrestrictive warfare, and to my mind, appropriate social upheaval in the face of national corruption.

Just about everything associated with Annette was positive and clean, while the international social and economic consequences of The Iron Lady’s extremely rigid ideology plagues us to this day – a comparison of brightness versus darkness.

Vinnie Linares