Usually I am pleased to find articles on disabled persons living normal lives. But Veronica Jennings' article "From Paralysis to Walking Down the Aisle" {Metro, Dec. 28} contained an infuriatingly cheap shot. I'm referring to the description of a halo brace as a "Frankenstein-like" device.

The description is inaccurate, damaging and nothing more than an attempt to sensationalize the article at someone else's expense. I have seen several people, both in a hospital and outside, wearing the halo, and it does not warrant that description. Furthermore, did the reporter stop to think what effect that description would have on people who are currently wearing the device? How many kids will be teased unmercifully now, with other kids calling them "Frankenstein"? How many people who were slowly adjusting to looking different for a while (or longer) are now depressed and reluctant to go outside?

Sara Watson

The Conflicting Gospel (Cont'd.)

Doug Waters {Free for All, Jan. 2} criticized Colman McCarthy's Dec. 26 column "In Every Age, a Different Jesus" by stating that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke do not conflict in any way. Waters should have restudied church history first.

When a 4th century Council of Bishops voted on which of the numerous gospels to include in the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke gained a place in the Bible by one vote. This occurred because the bishops themselves felt that the particular Gospel conflicted with the other three in certain areas. Luke's description of Jesus' birth stood as the main point of argument. McCarthy was justified in pointing out discrepancies between the accounts of Matthew and Luke because the leaders of the young Christian church struggled with the same problems.

-- Chandak Ghosh

Beneficial Change

Mary McGrory reported on Dec. 31 that Safeway's greenmail payment to those mean capitalists, the Haft family, resulted in the loss of her "Soviet Safeway," with its bare shelves but friendly manager. I'm sorry that this had to happen to her and hope she gets over it. The problem is that this incident was enough to persuade McGrory that hostile takeovers and greenmail should be outlawed and an institution she calls "Wall Street" should be punished.

McGrory seems quite thoroughly confused here. She admits that the Hafts' attempted takeover resulted in eager new owners and filled shelves, which may please those with more orthodox tastes in grocery stores. The good vibes may have temporarily disappeared, but even McGrory doesn't suggest that friendliness is inextricably intertwined with bare shelves. The greenmail part of the story was a problem, if at all (and I doubt even this), only because permitting incumbent managers to make such payoffs reduces the impetus for beneficial changes like those forced on the reluctant McGrory.

But I'm worried neither about the Hafts nor about McGrory's losing her quaint Eastern bloc artifact. I am worried about the loss of economic freedom and prosperity that might result from public misperceptions fueled by confused news columnists.

Larry E. Ribstein

'Piggish, at Best'

Hooray for Richard Cohen and his comments in "Critic at Large" {Magazine, Jan. 3}. He didn't begin to say it all. Miss Manners, where are you when the men of The Washington Post need you?

I have been dismayed by their insistence on lumping Fawn Hall with women of questionable virtue. The men of the Fourth Estate have been piggish, at best. The comments of Chuck Conconi in the Personalities column of Jan. 1 were absolutely swinish. And believe me, I am far enough out in the boonies to know a swine when I hear one.

Like Cohen, I do not agree with Hall's politics and her hard right-wing views of the law of the land. But that is a decision she made with what is between her ears. And that, if we are to believe what we read in The Post, is all she used in the discharge of her duties. Why are all these male commentators treating her like so much meat on the hook?

And while we are slogging about in the Bimbo Department, why is Donna Rice so labeled while Gary Hart is defended, at least by some, and seriously discussed by all? So far as I know, there is no Mr. Rice. She broke no vows. She has never approached the American public asking to be elected to govern us all when she cannot even govern herself. We never felt we should avert our eyes from the sight of her spouse's televised pain while he mouthed his support of her during her obvious philandering.

I doubt that her mother was too thrilled by her daughter's behavior, but Donna Rice was not the dishonorable, lying cheat in that scenario.

I'll vote for the honest bimbo over the lying bimbo any day.

Lee D. Fitzgerald

Letter Z?

This madness has gone on long enough. Gary Imhoff {Free for All, Dec. 12}, Bob Phillips {Dec. 26} and Gordon M. Thomas {Jan. 2} have each constructed an increasingly complicated system for designating the letters and stories that appear in The Post each day.

Lest this escalation continue, I am proposing the ultimate letter: Letter Z. From now on, rather than printing letters from the likes of Imhoff, Phillips and Thomas (or, indeed, Kelly), editors would need only print:

Letter Z, Post reader with a lot of time on his hands proposes facetious system for designating letters/stories.

I believe that liberal use of Letter Z could reduce type on the Free for All page to about three column inches, leaving plenty of room for what everybody really wants to see: hundreds upon hundreds of those intensely annoying drawings by Mal.

John F. Kelly