Boy, did I find Ken Ringle's article "Reigning Queen of the Runway" {Style, Oct. 22} angry toward women in Washington.

If we were all blessed with Claudia Schiffer's great looks, we would have the option of tantalizing full-time rather than "striding K Street in a power suit" to earn a living.

Not all feminists are part of Ringle's "humorless cohort" -- Schiffer is entitled to choose to use her gifts, the rest of us women are trying too. Give us a break. Dorothy Downes

Comments by two columnists in your Oct. 23 paper pointed out a continuing insensitivity to women's issues.

First Jim Hoagland {op-ed} suggested that President Bush "resembles the working woman who hasn't yet realized that what she needs is a wife." That comment manages to insult both working women and wives by implying that working women either do not have time or do not choose to handle tedious everyday tasks at home, and that these tedious tasks are the sum and substance of a wife's daily activities.

Then Tony Kornheiser {Sports} used Esther Canseco's outburst as a defense of her husband's performance during the World Series.

Independent of the merits of her comments or, for that matter, her husband's performance, Kornheiser's description of her as "one hot tamale" was offensive, not only to female readers but probably to Hispanic ones, as well.

On many occasions I have read in your pages of the need for journalists to reflect and be sensitive to the diversity of their readership.

The use of these tiresome cliches suggests that at least some journalists have a long way to go before meeting those objectives.

Roxanne V. Horning

Your Oct. 24 story about Elizabeth Dole's resignation contained the phrase, "Dole, 54, wife of Senate Minority Leader Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.)." Your front-page stories on the Senate's budget battles, however, which included quotes from Robert Dole, neglected to contain the information that Dole is the husband of (now former) labor secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole.

Information about the occupation of Elizabeth Dole's spouse has about as much bearing on the story about her job resignation as does personal information about Robert Dole's spouse on the story about the Senate's budget package.

Paula E. Langguth