Maddening problem with letterboxing inconsistancy

I'm working on a project that requires letterboxing in a 4:3 frame. I shot my footage in 16:9, captured it and edited in a 4:3 sequence. Everything worked great. Second project, same thing except that some of the shots appeared on the canvas stretched out vertically and with no letterbox.
In the viewer they look fine as 16:9 compositions. But when they are dragged to the sequence. They are stretched out.
At first I thought it might be a capturing problem since all the shots from one day's shooting and capturing had this problem. But then I captured a whole, single interview as one clip and then broke it into sub-clips and some of the sub-clips have this problem and some don't.
I'm scratching my head.
2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Mac OS X (10.4.9) iMac

First, don't do what you're doing. Don't edit 16:9 material in a 4:3 sequence. Edit in the format it was shot and captured in. Capture in 16:9. Edit in a correctly sized 16:9 sequence. When you're done put your 16:9 sequence inside a 4:3 sequence to letterbox it.
Once you mess up a clip by distorting in the wrong format sequence or capturing it incorrectly it gets difficult to recover and bad things can happen. When you put your 16:9 material into a 4:3 sequence it's being distorted. Move it out of the sequence and it will no longer display correctly.

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