I was only on my first cup of coffee, so perhaps I was confused when I found a tacky tabloid article in my morning paper. Had my delivery person mixed up your paper with the Globe? Or did you really print such drivel about JFK Jr. as (on the front page, yet): "The death theme surfaced at the oddest moments, even when he was an obscure actor in 1985, playing one of a pair of young, Irish lovers whose drowned bodies are fished from a lake" ["JFK Jr. Gave Up Copilot as Ankle Healed," July 21]?

I expect a paper of your stature to know that when there is no news to print, you print that there is no news. If your editors feel the overwhelming need to put something with the famous name in the paper, you can at least save it for the Style section (which had its own two articles that day).

What you should not do is throw speculative and silly trash in the major news section. Save it for the romance novels.

-- Susan Wiener

I would like to make a major clarification to the July 18 article "The Kennedy Saga," which states that "Kathleen Kennedy . . . broke her mother's heart by agreeing to marry a British nobleman, a Protestant who would first require a divorce. But before the marriage could take place, she too died in a plane crash" [front page].

Over parental objections, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy did marry her English lord, William Marquess of Hartington (heir of the Duke of Devonshire) in 1944. Four months later he was killed in action (when his airplane exploded).

Kathleen herself died in 1948 with her subsequent beau in a plane crash while on their way to holiday in France. I believe he was the divorce you speak of but do not name.

You skipped an entire (and tragic!) marriage.

-- Bonita Billman

Charles Krauthammer's July 21 op-ed column, "Heir to Camelot," contains an unfortunate howler.

Krauthammer calls John F. Kennedy Jr. "the only remaining heir" and "the one true heir" to his father's legacy. Here's a question for Krauthammer: How many children did President Kennedy have?

-- David Bell