RICHARD COHEN IS CORRECT IN EXAMining the ethics of our world in regard to animals and the environment {Critic at Large, September 9}. Veal is indeed delicious. Fur is soft and warm. Brazilian hardwoods are beautiful. Aerosol cans are convenient. Large cars are comfortable. But whoever said that just because we could, we should use any and everything we want, without regard to the consequences to other living creatures and the world itself? We simply must stop being so self-indulgent. It's not good for the Earth and its creatures, and it doesn't do much for our personalities either. JAN VAUGHAN Alexandria

RICHARD COHEN'S CONCERN ABOUT eating lobsters and his refusal to witness their death certainly are in keeping with his oft-expressed humanism. But your readers deserve to know the painless way to dispatch a lobster. Kiss it, tap it firmly between the eyes with a heavy serving spoon and quickly immerse it in boiling water. I assure Richard the stunned creature will arrive in heaven with full knowledge that it has painlessly done its duty for humanity. This "kiss, tap, boil, eat and love" procedure is a family tradition and will be passed on by my children to future generations. PHIL F. WELSH JR. Silver Spring


WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD is moving ahead, why is fashion making a U-turn, and why for heaven's sake would it make a pit stop in the '50s and '70s {Fall Fashion Issue, September 9}?

Haven't we laughed enough at our parents and other pre-individual-style creatures whose hilarious existence is preserved in old scrapbooks and photo albums, where they innocently sport knee-high white go-go boots, "crazy" plaid patterns and bell-bottoms? Haven't we made enough jokes about them not to be suckered into the same fads ourselves? ANGELA COPELAND Washington

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