AS I READ THE FEATURE STORY ON MAT Perez {"FBI Story," November 11}, I substituted my name for that of Perez and my employer for that of the FBI.

Despite more than 10 years of tenure, undergraduate and graduate school degrees, a state license and numerous successful training classes, I, an African-American woman, am not "promotional material." In that I am not a part of the "good ol' network," I will always be viewed as having a "place." Ironically, I work for a civil rights agency that is very vocal about the rights of the aggrieved outside the agency but not about the rights of those within.

I am sure that Mat Perez wishes that what he felt constrained to do was unnecessary. So do I. CELEST WOMACK-UZZELL Columbia

THE STORY OF MAT PEREZ CONFIRMS TO me that excellent articles are made by strong, bold and fearless individuals like him. But the article does him a disservice. To state that Perez is revered only among Hispanics is false. Mat Perez joined my short list of contemporary heroes over a year ago, and I am African-American. JACK W. GRAVELY President, Virginia State NAACP Arlington


I WAS DISMAYED TO SEE YOUR PROMOtion of a device to stop snoring that keeps the mouth shut {J Street, November 11}. Snoring can sometimes be the only symptom of a disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. Patients who suffer from this stop breathing hundreds of times a night, and in severe cases it can lead to sudden death during sleep. Any device that closes off the mouth can precipitate the problem.

While snoring is something that many of us laugh at, it can be a serious medical problem that requires investigation and treatment by physicians who are knowledgeable in the field of sleep disorders. JEFFREY N. HAUSFELD Director, Medlantic Sleep Disorder Center Washington

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