As I started unfolding Sunday's Post, I noticed the headlines in some of the sections:

"One Jam Thing After Another."

"Before the Boxcar: The Tracks of Poverty."

"Offering a Capital Hearings Aid."

" 'Snow White' at 50, Undwarfed by Time."

"Seabrook Couple Takes the Plunge . . . "

Come on! Give me a break! Who in the heck is writing your heads? High school sophomores or allegedly intelligent newspaper people? -- Edward Wojtas Real Women

We were offended by the headline of the article on mail carriers in the Style section {July 12}: "Real Men Deliver Mail."

Many real women deliver mail too. They do the same hard work and often put up with sexism in the office too. We don't need to see it repeated in the newspaper.

-- Jenny Yates and Kate Ellison Smearing Catholics (Cont'd.)

As a Catholic, I must say that Kevin Long of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights certainly does not speak for me {Free for All, July 11}. He sadly proves that the Catholic Church needs to look no farther than its own officials to detect the ugliness of anti-Semitism.

In his letter, Long attacks those who disagree with Pope John Paul's lavish and unworthy praise of Austrian President Kurt Waldheim for seizing "one more opportunity to smear Catholics with the charge of persecuting Jews."

But it is Long himself who fans those flames. He is just plain wrong when he asserts that "the charge that Kurt Waldheim collaborated with the Nazis {in persecuting Jews} has never been proved." The U.S. Justice Department has found otherwise and banned Waldheim from ever entering this nation. Long also misses the mark of truth by claiming the church, in "one of its finest moments," "repeatedly condemned {the} Nazi persecutions of the Jews," when history tells us differently. And when he describes a call for the conversion of the Jews to Christianity as "a profound act of charity," he sounds more like a spokesman for Jerry Falwell or Jimmy Swaggart than Pope John Paul.

I look forward to the day when the remaining vestiges of anti-Semitic thought are finally banished from Catholicism, when church officials display the honor and respect that those who believe in Judaism so rightfully deserve. But Long illustrates that that day may not be close at hand.

-- Jim Kurtzke Goodbye, Bylines

I cannot believe it! For two days, your reporters deprived us of the privilege of seeing their august bylines on the stories they wrote.

This was the drollest kind of a reprisal ever used in the history of collective bargaining in American journalism. It is also symptomatic of the incredible egotism of a new generation of journalists who hardly deserve the title. They are symbolic of the cockeyed values that prevail among today's aspirants to journalistic eminence.

In my day -- I was a pioneer member of the American Newspaper Guild, a reporter, city editor and copy desk chief -- the only opportunity for a reporter to earn a byline was to write a feature, a human interest story or a major news break with style, elegance, clarity and perception.

Doting editors who themselves come from schools of puffery rather than journalism always crown the most mediocre efforts of their reporters with by-lines, despite the universal resort to fiction, the lack of clarity and accuracy, the inability to tell the story in the first paragraph.

Too bad they didn't continue in their anonymity. They might have given themselves an opportunity to improve their writing instead of basking in stultifying glory of unearned bylines. -- Nicholas Ruggieri

I like it. I like it. Let's leave off the bylines wherever possible. I've felt that bylines are an ego trip, and we'd be better off without them. They should be on opinion pieces, so they can be answered, but who cares about who wrote the piece about a Centreville project? This is just another example of the Guild's flexing its muscles. -- Rodgers Gore