Honorable Mention In an Oct. 21 article about university honor systems {Metro}, Amy Goldstein incorrectly stated that the University of Virginia's honor code is the oldest in the nation. According to Philip Bruce's "History of the University of Virginia," the honor system at Virginia was modeled on the College of William and Mary's honor code, which dates to 1779. Henry St. George Tucker, who graduated from William and Mary, introduced the code at Virginia in 1842. -- David D. McKinney

Vulgar and Demeaning

The Post promoted its Oct. 28 Sunday magazine feature on Jesse Helms with the headline "Where Jesse Helms Is Coming From."

It isn't hard to see where your paper is coming from, given the steady Helms-bashing that's been going on for more than a week in the "Kudzu" comic.

The Oct. 26 strip found the senator confronted with a photograph of himself immersed in tobacco juice, titled "Spit Helms." Such vulgarity demeans not only the senator but the millions who take offense at the notorious photograph of a crucifix it referred to. Maybe it demeaned a national newspaper too. Jeanne Williams

Rank Injustice

In your Oct. 24 news story announcing Elizabeth Dole's resignation, you described her as "the only woman in the Cabinet." Just where has Carla Hills been working for the past 20 months?

The U.S. trade representative never gets the respect she or he deserves, but at least your paper ought to be able to get the rank straight. After all, U.S. trade representative has been a Cabinet rank for more than 15 years. Alan F. Holmer The writer is a former deputy U.S. trade representative.

Sports Psychologists

It's been hard enough watching business and crime news invade the Sports section. Then on Oct. 24 I have to read these front-page Sports section headlines:

"Krivak: Uncertain of the Future, but Not Insecure About Past";

"Redskins Must Win Mind Game: Giants' Edge May Be More Psychological";

"Suddenly, Douglas Knew Who the Enemy Was -- Himself: He Came Out Fighting for Control of His Life."

Running low on between-game filler? How about "Fans Driven Crazy by Sports Department Psychologizing"? Michael Cornfield

Covering All Candidates

Prior to the primary election, your news coverage attempted to provide information on all of the announced candidates. Since the primary, you have focused solely on the Democratic and Republican nominees. This is unbalanced and insensitive.

You exclude the opinions of candidate for Congress George X Cure, for example, in stories about the race for D.C. delegate. That is unconscionable. Likewise, in the mayoral race, you don't mention comments of candidate Mary Cox. The same is true in your coverage of the D.C. Council and school board races.

You have a duty to cover completely the race for every office. To fall short of this lessens the chance for fair and equal government. Your own Thomas W. Lippman once wrote, "No story is fair if it omits facts of major importance or significance. Fairness includes completeness."

I urge you to heed his words.

Donald Mason


Probably senators should have their superabundant verbiage "censored," but didn't your writer really want "censured" in the editorial "When Senators Speak" {Oct. 22}? -- Stanley Willis Having a Go at the GermansIn "In Germany, Smoker on Cloud 9" {Style, Oct. 23}, Marc Fisher gave an inaccurate and unfair portrayal of German culture.

"Health consciousness is rather different" in Germany, he wrote. German restaurants serve "baskets of bread and a tub of lard," which Germans "slather on with abandon." In fact, Germans are extremely aware of the hazards of excessive smoking and drinking.

Where has Fisher been dining? In the two years I lived in Germany, I never saw tubs of lard on restaurant tables. With the abundance of Italian, Greek, Turkish and Chinese cuisine and traditional German establishments available, Fisher should have plenty of dining options.

Before he declared Germany on the edge of physical ruin, he should have looked closer at the land of fast food. Maybe it's time Fisher came home to a "healthier" lifestyle.

Alison V. Lippa