The Post gave Washington its usual morning fare Nov. 18, mixing flamboyant journalistic pomp with clever word tricks that disrupted one's sense of balanced reporting for at least 45 minutes. Molly Moore's article, "Pentagon Tips Its Cap to Weinberger," could have found a better home on the editorial page. Even for those accustomed to the occasional trip to the pulpit by Post reporters, Moore's inability to resist temptation and simply report the retirement ceremony without trying to make a point was disappointing.

Instead of presenting readers with a detailed description of the ceremony, a fuller account of Caspar Weinberger's speech and perhaps a brief overview of his long career, the article dwelled on the flight delays at National Airport and closed with a Northern Virginia resident's impression of the flyover: "the window began rattling violently . . . all that came to mind was war. It was very frightening."

Contrary to what they might like to believe, the personal opinion of Post writers is of no interest to readers. Whether one agreed with Weinberger or not, he devoted a great part of his life to public service, and there is no evidence that his efforts were ever motivated by anything other than the good of the nation. Both his carer accomplishments and dedication to this country deserve better than the petty sniping and belittling tenor of Moore and her jabbering sidekicks.

P. Clark Adams