Whenever I read commentators such as George Will complaining that the right to privacy is "not mentioned in the Constitution" and was "created" by activist judges {op-ed, July 25}, I wonder how they interpret the Ninth Amendment:

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Thus the Constitution explicitly spells out that it is not a sufficient argument to say that a certain right is "not mentioned" in the Constitution. Do the Wills of this world really imagine that the Founders, who recognized in the Fourth Amendment "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" would find a right to privacy so outlandish? -- Barbara Collier Pardon Me?

It seems that Lou Cannon {op-ed, July 21} and Ann Devroy {news story, July 20} didn't do their homework on the Nixon Library very well. Both indicated that the library did not contain Richard Nixon's "you-won't-have-Nixon-to-kick-around-anymore" speech that he gave after he lost the 1962 California gubernatorial race.

I visited the Nixon Library on July 21, the day on which Lou Cannon's column appeared, and I read that speech in full in its chronological place along the walls of the museum area of the library. It was hard to miss.

-- Donna F. Hickman Remedial Black History

In his article about Atlanta's National Black Arts Festival {Style, July 28}, Art Harris wrote that Paul Robeson "made the history books singing "Ol' Man River" in Broadway's original "Show Boat."

Actually, it was Jules Bledsoe, not Paul Robeson, who sang the role of "Joe" in the first Broadway production in 1927. Robeson did not appear in "Show Boat" until the following year -- and that was in a production in London. -- Joel Kemelhor Damn the Yankee

Massacre in Liberia, a British member of Parliament killed and George Steinbrenner gets a banner headline {front page, July 31}?

Are you The Washington Post or the New York Post?

-- Andrea Sussman Spoiler

I was amused by Joe Brown's review of "Presumed Innocent" {Weekend, July 24} in which he assured his readers that he would not reveal the movie's "surprise" ending. In doing so, of course, he spoiled the audience's chance of being caught by surprise. If you know a surprise is coming, its impact is diminished. Please, critics, sketch a plot ever so lightly, and leave the surprises to us.

-- Barbara Twigg Dubious Distinction

In his otherwise useful op-ed piece on ethnic and religious conflicts in the Balkans {July 31}, Alexander F. C. Webster erred when he stated, "Bulgaria was dominated by Ottoman Turks longer than any other Balkan nation."

Not so. Albania has that distinction. Bulgaria, thanks to the czarist army, became a de facto independent principality in 1878 and formally independent in 1908. Albania's independence from Turkey came in 1912 as a result of the first Balkan war.

-- David S. North We Kid You Not

The July 18 review of the New Kids on the Block concert {Style} was unclear, uninformative and anything but factual.

First, many of the group's fans may well be "13 and in love," but the many who are 16 and older and the group's many male fans were overlooked by the reviewer.

Second, one of the opening acts was not Tommy Payne but Tommy Page. And the New Kid who "pulled up his T-shirt to his armpits, baring his lily-white chest" was Donnie Wahlberg, not Joe McIntyre, as the review claimed.

True there were signs that said "I love you, Joe, Donnie, Danny, Jordan and Jon" -- but did your reviewer happen to notice other signs that read, "Joe, I can give you more," "Joe, do you feel alright? Show us 5 times" and our sign that read, "We'll treat U right"? These signs related to the New Kids in a way that only fans -- or an investigative reporter -- would understand.

-- Jennifer Shapira