'Unfathomable' for Whom?

Why is it that $1 billion is an "unfathomable sum" when used to describe the worth of a woman ["Women Voice Support for Heinz Kerry," news story, July 27] but is not when used to describe the wealth of men (Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google in a July 27 front-page story)?

-- Anne C. Kerns

Silver Spring

Burying the Bad News

Glenn Kessler reports [news story, July 16] that "U.S. intelligence analysts broadly believe that the number of nuclear weapons held by North Korea has increased from two to at least eight during [the last 20 months]." The world's worst despot receives first delivery from new assembly line of nuclear weapons started 20 months ago, and your paper lets us know on Page A18?

-- Leonard Wayne

La Crescenta, Calif.

Unfair to U.S. Mitsubishi

When I read Anthony Faiola's July 6 Business story, "Safety Scandal Shames Mitsubishi," I had to turn to page two of the article, seven paragraphs into the story, before a sentence appeared stating that "none of the defective cars or trucks were sent to the United States." That's an important sentence for the owner of a Mitsubishi Motors dealership in Vienna. The sensational headline might lead one to believe that there is a safety scandal here in the United States.

Not so.

Mitsubishi Motors North America now has one of the strongest, safest, most competitive line of products in its more than 20-year history in the United States. All Mitsubishi vehicles -- those built in the United States and those imported from Japan and Australia -- meet or exceed federal motor vehicle safety standards.

The next time a foreign correspondent writes a story about a global company, I would ask him to think locally. He may be unfairly hurting business, and possibly jobs, a few miles from your newspaper's headquarters.

-- Bill Ghrist


The writer is vice president and general manager of Stohlman Mitsubishi.

Warsaw Uprising Revisited

The July 24 front-page article by Glenn Frankel bundles together the failed assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944, with the Warsaw Uprising beginning Aug. 1, 1944, and makes it appear as if the latter was also carried out by anti-Nazi Germans. This may just be a case of unfortunate phrasing, but it does little to help in the reevaluation of history with which the article deals.

The article might also have mentioned the heroic Warsaw Uprising against the German Nazis by Polish Jews imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto, which preceded the later Warsaw Uprising by almost a year and a half and was carried out by lightly armed Jewish groups against German forces equipped with tanks, heavy guns and planes.

-- Henry Schmelzer

Somerset, N.J.

Gearing Up for Kerry, Too

Linda Hales's July 24 Style story about campaign button and sticker design provided the Web address for official George W. Bush merchandise but not the Kerry-Edwards Web address. Why?

-- Kent D. Noble

Falls Church

Tummy Tantrum

Sean Daly's review of Hilary Duff's Patriot Center concert ["The Un-Britney," Style, July 24] contained an unnecessary comment about Duff's "fleshy tummy," not to mention a quotation from a mother who called Duff "a little chunky." I try very hard to keep my young daughters from becoming obsessed about their bodies, and now I have to explain to them why this girl they look up to, who probably wears about a size 4, apparently isn't thin enough.

-- Jacqueline Ciardi