Sellout?

I wasn't concerned about the acquisition of American arts and entertainment companies by the Japanese until I saw one of our greatest sax players billed as "Sony Rollins" in a concert listings {Weekend, Dec. 7}. -- Bart Stringham

Major Blunder

I was outraged by Glenn Frankel's Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 news stories that described new British Prime Minister John Major as a "high school dropout."

Although Major left school at age 16, in Britain it is usual and customary for most students to leave school at this age with or without what we British call the "O" level exams. Leaving school at age 16 in no way suggests that Major had less than a complete education.

Moreover, it was incredible that Frankel would even use the term "high school"; the institution does not exist in Britain as Americans know it. Neither does graduation have a parallel in the United Kingdom. In Britain we simply leave home for pursuits beyond the parental nest. Unlike Americans, we do not consider it appropriate to celebrate leaving school. That is reserved for the talented and or fortunate few who attend and graduate college. I find it unfortunate that you chose to sensationalize Major's working-class background. -- Cynthia L. Goldstein

Think Again

"The opinion was generated from my own cerebellum," Boston Herald editorial writer Jeff Jacoby was quoted as saying in the Dec. 1 Media Notes column {Style}. The opinion came more likely from his cerebrum. Taken literally, Jacoby fuels criticism that he was pietistic in endorsing Philip Morris' Bill of Rights campaign without mentioning that Herald owner Rupert Murdoch is on the Philip Morris board. The cerebellum controls posturing, or at least posture. -- Hank Wallace

Musical Mystery Tour

Was there a subliminal message in the Nov. 18 Book World? Nine of the 14 major book reviews had headlines referring to rock 'n' roll. While it made sense to title the review about the Merry Pranksters and Hunter Thompson's book "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been," did it also make sense to title the article about Alvin Toffler's "Powershift," "The Times They Are A-Changing"? And how about the story of one woman's difficult life titled "With a Little Help From Her Friends" or the story of the unhappy psychoanalyst titled "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

I've tried to get the full flavor of these headlines by reading them backward in a mirror, but I'm not sure of your intentions. Are you trying to get me to listen to more rock 'n' roll to further damage my mind? Or is this a plot on the part of the record store owners to get me to replace my records with compact discs? Maybe we should boycott your paper until we find out. -- Fran McPoland

Fade Into the Sunset

Enough with the whining about the demise of Roy Rogers restaurants. Let Jeffrey Frank's article be the last you print complaining about Marriott Corp.'s sale of the chain to Hardee's {Outlook, Dec. 2}.

Hardee's simply is doing unto Roy's what Roy's did unto Gino's restaurants a decade ago, i.e., gobbling it up. Personally, I've always preferred the old cholesterol-ridden "Gino Giant" to anything Roy's served. In any event, it is time to bid Roy Rogers restaurants a hearty "adios, buckaroo." -- Casey Edwards

Commitment Problem

"En route to a 17-0 lead, the Cadets did not commit a turnover or penalty," we were told in a Dec. 9 Sports story sidebar about the Army-Navy game. How reassuring that our future military leaders did not "commit a penalty." And how much better the world would be if its criminals refrained from committing jail sentences.

-- Donald P. McEwan

Beside the Point

Your story on the benefit for the Children's Defense Fund was disappointing and insensitive and failed to recognize the significance of 950 people coming together to support a nonprofit organization {Style, Nov. 29}. That your reporter was bored by the stories of celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Sidney Poitier and Nora Ephron -- who were donating their time and efforts -- was not germane. This was not a for-profit performance to be subject to review. Such coverage was unfair to those who work to fund the CDF, which has been recognized as our leading advocate of children's rights. -- James A. Rice