Next Time, Send a Fan

Regarding "Only Fans Will Love 'Potter 3,' Hogwarts and All" [Style, June 4]:

What is the point of having someone who "is not a Potterphile, has never cracked a Potter book or darkened the door of a theater playing one of the Potter movies" review a much-awaited movie like this one? Why not use a reviewer who is familiar with the books and previous movies, someone who can see the movie the way most of us will?

-- Ellen Korb

Silver Spring

Imitation Wasn't Flattery

Your item about Ray Bradbury's ire over Michael Moore's choice of movie title ("Fahrenheit 9/11") that borrows from his book "Fahrenheit 451" [Style, June 4] should have pointed out that titles of works cannot be copyrighted.

By failing to do so, the article suggests that Bradbury may have an actionable matter. He doesn't.

-- John Pull


A Slur on Bishops

Tom Toles's May 20 cartoon featuring a bishop listening at a voting booth fitted with a confessional-style grate is indefensible. Toles is all but accusing Catholic bishops who speak out on public issues of subverting the democratic process.

His secondhand Thomas Nast imagery plays on anti-Catholic sentiment in a way that should have been abandoned long ago.

-- Joseph De Feo

New York

The writer is associate director of communications for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

'So Help Us God'

I take great exception to the improper quoting of FDR's declaration-of-war speech to Congress as cited in Christian Davenport's "World War II Echoes" article in the May 27 Metro section.

The article's omission of two key phrases from the quote could be interpreted as selective secular journalism, political correctness, poor research or all of the above. The full, correct quote follows:

"With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God."

-- Thomas Taylor


The Real News

While a large part of the June 6 paper was devoted to our departed 40th president, a news story on Page A21 caught my attention. In "Rumsfeld Shows Concern on Terror War," our defense secretary is quoted on our progress in the war on terrorism as saying, "It's quite clear to me that we do not have a coherent approach to this."

Why was such an admission -- one that is in contrast to many other statements coming from this administration -- buried so deep in the paper? This kind of statement should be, with all due deference to Ronald Reagan, front-page news.

When one of the architects of the war on terrorism publicly says that we have no clear strategy, it certainly does not make me feel any safer.

-- Michael Epstein


Budget Oversight

While I agree with your May 28 editorial "All the Earmarks of Retreat" on the problems posed by the proliferation of earmarks in recent years, I was unpleasantly surprised to see the editorial bemoan the improbability of the budget resolution becoming "law."

Congressional budget resolutions never become law. They are, by definition, non-statutory resolutions that never reach the president's desk for signature.

Hopefully, next time you write about the congressional budget process, you will get the facts right.

-- Becca Nagorsky


No Battleships

I enjoyed Mike Wise's June 1 column on the Navy-Syracuse game for the NCAA lacrosse championship, but please, let's get into the 21st century: No Navy players will wind up on battleships. The Navy has not had one in commission for more than 10 years.

-- Geoffrey Cant

Upper Marlboro