July 30

Sally Jenkins described the reprehensible actions of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice as “going all Flintstone on his wife” in her July 29 Sports column, “Provoking debate, and disgust .” As any fan of that venerable show will tell you, Fred Flintstone had his faults, but he loved and respected his wife, Wilma, often referring to her as his queen. Every day, Fred would wear out his feet driving to the rock quarry. He would work until the whistle blew so he could slide down the back of his brontosaurus rock mover and head home to Wilma. What Mr. Rice did could perhaps qualify as a stereotype of caveman behavior, Ms. Jenkins, but yabba dabba don’t lump Fred Flintstone in with that type of behavior.

Martin Kramer, Takoma Park