In "Washingtoon," the artist portrays the United States as a map but never includes Hawaii or Alaska in the drawing. Impressionable readers may not always be geographically informed enough to notice the omissions. Perhaps The Post can encourage the correction of this oversight.

William J. Robinson

The Temperature in Silver Spring

Why does the weather bureau always report the temperature at the airports and not in the cities where people live? It's not realistic. People only pass through the airports or work there for eight hours a day.

The temperature should be reported from such places as Falls Church, Georgetown, Alexandria, Dupont Circle and Silver Spring.

Joseph O. Evans

He's Not His Cousin's Keeper

I have seen numerous pieces of cheap-shot, yellow journalism in my time (sometimes directed at yours truly), but the news item appearing Nov. 15 in relation to the arrest of a so-called relative of D.C. Police Chief Maurice Turner is the cheapest shot I have yet seen. Not a brother, not a mother -- but a second cousin. How many people even know who their second cousins are? Who should be held responsible for that distant relative's behavior?

Congratulations to the chief for stating through a spokesman that it was not within his ability to control a relative's behavior.

Come on, Washington Post, when a 20-year-old second cousin of the police chief is arrested, why does the headline have to say "Relative of Chief Turner Is Arrested"?

I expect better from a paper with your well-deserved reputation.

R. J. di Grazia

A Racist, Sexist Cartoon Strip

I have been following Jim Scancarelli's cartoon strip "Gasoline Alley" for the past couple of weeks. This cartoon continues to prove itself racist and sexist.

"Gasoline Alley" propagates the stereotype of the "exotic, docile" Asian woman. Her "broken" English, flower-print dress and flower in her hair are examples of this. It is degrading to see Asian women caricatured in the role of "Teeka." Scancarelli does his best to portray Teeka as an "ignorant girl" (for example, her comments about escalators: "Stairs move!").

Irritated daily by the cartoon, I was finally prompted to write when Teeka, unsure of what a doctor does, cries out: "Teeka afraid! Please to hold hand!"

It is time to light the match to "Gasoline Alley." Get it off the comic pages!

Miko Lee

It Belonged on the Front Page

For years The Post has not been alone in its unwillingness to pay meaningful attention to the issues that dominate women's lives and the activists and groups that work to effect positive change for women. Marjorie Williams' reflections on the evolution of the women's movement {Style, Nov. 19} could have been an impressive step toward righting past wrongs.

Williams' piece was insightful, thorough, altogether outstanding. But what was it doing in the Style section? Surely had The Post published a similar analysis of the civil rights movement, it would have made the front page. Other Style stories in the spot occupied by Williams' piece that week included personality profiles of Yoko Ono, Faye Dunaway and laser pioneer Gordon Gould.

The placement of the story reflects a longstanding attitude among most major newspapers that news about so-called women's issues is of interest to women only. After all, most current Style-oriented sections evolved from what used to be the "women's page." It's time for The Post and other major newspapers to realize that "women's issues" affect all of us, and deserve better.

Jonathan Kronstadt

'Hooey' From the Tobacco Institute

Give me a break! The Tobacco Institute's full-page ad, challenging the American Cancer Society to find air pollutants other than tobacco smoke in their office, is only so much hooey! It is a smoke screen, an attempt to divert attention from the real issue: cigarette smoking kills, and passive smoking is dangerous. These guys must really be running scared if they shelled out all that money for a full-page ad.

Shirley Phillips

Really, Really Low

In reference to the editorial "No to a Veterans Department" {Nov. 11}. The entire piece is so outrageous I won't even dignify it by debating the validity. I can only say, "NUTS!" to the writer and The Washington Post.

Please cancel my subscription immediately. I only hope you will print this so others can do the same.

(By the way, what military do you suggest we call on when the military is needed? The Cubans or the Russians?)

This is a new low even for The Post. Printed the day after Veterans Day no less. Shame! Shame!

Archie B. Jenkins