Tin Man: ‘ I didn’t intend to offend’

Dear Sir, — When I sent you my letter last week (“Why can’t elves work together?”) I did not expect it to cause so much comment locally and, apparently, offence.
So, having discussed it with my two close friends — the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow — and also having taken advice from the Great Oz, I thought I perhaps needed to set the record straight.
It was only a fairy tale! Which I offered to make a point, and any similarity to any person, living or dead, was completely coincidental. To anyone who thought they fitted any of the characters and who was offended, I apologise unreservedly.

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