Singling Out Michael Deaver

In a July 9 front-page photo of a meeting held by a Community for Creative Non-Violence treatment group, you singled out Michael K. Deaver for identification. The other participants -- except group leader Marsh Ward, who was discussed in the accompanying story -- were not identified. What purpose did singling out Deaver serve?

The anonymity of individuals is important to the success of such meetings. For your paper to break that anonymity simply because Deaver is or was a celebrity of sorts was gratuitous and insensitive and may make others hesitate to join such gatherings. -- George W. Garber Menace to Dennis

How dare Hank Ketcham allow Mr. Wilson to use physical violence against Dennis the Menace {comics, June 30}? The caption read "Just give me a call when you feel happier, Mr. Wilson!" The message was that Mr. Wilson's actions were perfectly all right, because he was not "feeling happy." Dennis's smiling face showed that he, too, found the violence to be acceptable adult behavior.

Ketcham is not a Disney cartoonist depicting animal characters being kicked in the (questionable) name of good, clean fun. Dennis is a representative of all children, whose exasperating and frustrating antics could never justify a violent reaction from a trusted adult.

Only those who have never experienced or witnessed child abuse can find humor in Dennis being kicked by his friend Mr. Wilson. It made me cry. -- Inez Alfonzo-Lasso Terse Tony

Tony Kornheiser. Columnist? One-word sentences. Sometimes no sentences. Kind of jumps around like TV. Which makes for tough reading. So will Tony change? No. Because sounding semi-literate works. Especially among jocks. It's hip.

Showboating in print? Forget it. Although some may think so. Maybe a poseur. So you can't follow what he's saying. That's your problem. Because you may be a non-reader.

Tony's columns? May have ideas. But you have to dig them out. Oh, wow. A sentence.

-- Norman O. Fochet Compromising Position

Doubtless Montgomery County's District 18 Democratic voters realize Blair Lee's article was a clumsy strategy piece favoring State Sen. Peg Schweinhaut {Close to Home, July 8}. It should have been labeled, "this is a paid political endorsement." Your paper's tacit support of Lee's bias severely compromised your paper's reputation for probity.

I'm glad I live in Virginia, where -- so far -- no real estate developer has been granted media space to instruct me on whom to vote for. -- Joan Brown Unfair Play

I would like to call your attention to a clear case of reporting inconsistency.

On the June 30 front page, you ran a four-column photo of George Bush kissing his grandchildren goodbye as he headed for an all-expense-paid trip to his home in Maine. Buried on Page A4 was the two-column headline, "President Vetoes Bill on Unpaid Family Leave."

The president's veto will have a negative effect on millions of Americans. What do your editors talk about when they meet to decide how to play the news? Does the White House dictate what you report and how you present it? -- Laurence E. Reinhold Blanket Label

I was disappointed and concerned by Bob Levey's column "When Farecards Suddenly Fly Away" {June 4}. It appeared to universally label Wilson students as thieves and reflected a disregard and disdain for public schools in general and for Wilson in particular.

If Farecard thefts were taking place, and the perpetrators were identified as Wilson students, as that school's principal I surely would have been contacted by Metro security. But the first I heard of the alleged thefts was in Levey's article.

I contacted Metro spokeswoman Mary Bucklew and Transit Police Capt. Barry McDevitt about the article, and they told me that they had not spoken with Levey, that Farecard thefts had been reported in at least six other stations and that most of the culprits appeared to be of junior high school age.

Levey has publicly solicited funds to send urban youth to camp. I applaud that. I, however, suggest that he take a year-round approach to helping youth.

He could start by using his column to celebrate the achievements of our young people rather than using it to accuse, label or stereotype all youth or entire schools when some young people fall short of the ideal.

-- Wilma F. Bonner