Beeline to Oblivion

Laura Sessions Stepp's Aug. 9 Style article, "Girl Meets Boy, at 60 Miles an Hour," should have been headlined "Girl Meets Grim Reaper." Your paper's glamorous portrayal of the dangerous driving habits of young women was as irresponsible as the drivers mentioned in the story.

The parents of these youths propagate their children's proud nonchalance about their deadly driving by paying for their cars and insurance. The government should mandate a combination of higher fines, community service, driving courses and the revocation of driver's licenses as punishment for reckless teen drivers who put everyone who drives at risk.

Freedom comes at a cost, and although these kids can afford new cars and steeper insurance bills, no one can buy back a life lost.

-- Jeannie Smith


A Dangerous Picture

About a month ago your paper published an article regarding an Alexandria youth who had died after falling into the Potomac River without a life vest on [Metro, July 1]. Then on Aug. 10 your Metro section runs an article lauding the fact that youths have built their own boat, and what does the accompanying picture show? The youths getting into the boat without a life vest on.

-- Bill Ashley


The Better Man

Do your paper's editors not know English grammar, or do they not care? I refer to the subhead of the lead article in the July 30 Sports section, "The Quarterback Competition Begins": Either Mark Brunell or Patrick Ramsey may be the better man, but there is no "best" of two.

-- R.L. Promboin


King Kong Carp

In his Aug. 10 obituary of Fay Wray, Adam Bernstein mentions one of the most widespread pieces of movie misinformation. "King Kong" did not live on Skull Island. In "King Kong," the name of the island is not mentioned. In the inferior sequel, "The Son of Kong," released later in 1933, it is referred to simply as "Kong's island."

The confusion arose because the main feature of Kong's island home is Skull Mountain. This is revealed on a map that Carl Denham shows to Jack Driscoll and Captain Englehorn in the original film.

-- David Glagovsky


It's Not Iraq

It was offensive for your paper to bury the wounding of eight U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in the Aug. 7 World in Brief column on Page A18. It's bad enough when news of service members' deaths or wounds is reported in a section titled "Postwar Iraq," when it's clear that the war is not over.

When our troops are killed or wounded serving our country, it is major U.S. news and should be reported as such.

-- Patricia E. Tuccio

Falls Church

Whose War?

George F. Will [op-ed, Aug. 5] chides John F. Kerry for referring to the Vietnam War as "Nixon's" war. His sentence, "Did it start after John Kennedy put U.S. combat troops there, and after Lyndon Johnson increased the number to 500,000?" In fact, it was President Eisenhower who first sent "advisers" to Vietnam and, in fact, it was Nixon who was president when John Kerry was protesting.

-- C. Tim Quinn

Fresno, Calif.