Overdose

We do not need another dose of Rayful Edmond and his sad, sick, confused ramblings {Magazine, June 24}. Haven't we had enough of him and his ilk? Must we glorify him with his picture on the front of your magazine and an overlong, languid interview? Don't we run the risk of making him some kind of martyr for our African-American youths?

Enough's enough. -- Margaret P. Shorter

The Goose and the Gander

Chuck Conconi described Donna Rice as "the now-infamous model" {Style, June 28} and Gary Hart as the "presidential hopeful." If Rice is infamous, doesn't her notoriety spring from her alleged dalliance with Hart? Doesn't dalliance require two participants? What does Conconi suppose Hart was doing at the time -- studying the polling data for Super Tuesday?

Conconi's appellations are sexist, and they reflect a vile double standard under which men delight in their sexual exploits while at the same time castigating women for enjoying the same freedom.

-- Jim Rocca

Crying Wolf

Were you trying to scare the public with that banner headline "Will Insurance Industry Go the Way of S&Ls?" {Business, July 1}? The article under the headline was a frank discussion of insurance company insolvencies, but the impression of alarm and uncertainty created by the headline was misleading.

To try to hook a reader with such a headline was like yelling "Fire!" in a crowded room when no fire was in sight. Even the harshest critics of the insurance industry would tell you that the problems it faces pale in comparison with the magnitude and severity of the S&L crisis. -- Jack E. Bobo

The writer is executive vice president of the National Association of Life Underwriters.

Dittoed Data

Your weather information for Washington, the nation and the world on June 29 and June 30 was identical. I have been copying weather data into a notebook for more than a decade, and I noticed the repetition right away. It has happened about seven times in the past year. Before that it never happened.

Has the attitude of your staff changed? Do you think that you can print anything, and your readers will be too dumb to notice? -- Harry L. Echols

The Fabric of Society

Tony Kornheiser's column "So Long, 'Orlon' -- Eulogy for a Discontinued Fabric" {Style, June 13} made light of the exit of a business that will affect the U.S. fiber industry, its customers and those whose careers are dependent upon it -- in this case, 775 workers.

While humor is a desirable part of life, an understanding of the more serious issues that the Orlon phaseout represents would be of greater value to newspaper readers. The Orlon business, like most U.S. textile and apparel businesses, was severely affected by imports. For example, sweaters, a large market for Orlon, are 70 percent imported. The repercussions of this trend are being felt by many U.S. industries and represent a major issue for the future prosperity of our nation. -- Paul G. Gillease

The writer is director of the textile division of Du Pont.

Roused Only by Rabble?

On June 16, more than 8,000 people participated in the "Race for the Cure," which was designed to raise awareness -- as well as funds -- for breast cancer research. Breast cancer affects as many as one in 10 American women, so we were disappointed that your paper chose not to cover this important event.

Positive fund-raising efforts benefiting good causes deserve as much coverage as events sponsored by more militant and attention-seeking groups. -- Nita Wade -- Ann Rickerich

Solecism Scorecard

Enough of armchair grammarians.

I suggest you establish a Solecism Scorecard on your Free for All page and provide a weekly count of your paper's grammatical and syntactic sins." Something like: Misplaced apostrophe: 3 (list them). Misused words: 3 (list them). Misspelled words: 3 (list).

Don't print the letters; those who wrote will know who they are. The scorecard will replace the myriad letters you receive from the doggedly dogmatic and will spare all of us their pontifications. -- Helen Galen