Still a Spoiler

Please tell Lisa de Moraes that a "spoiler" warning needs to go before the spoiler, not after it [Style, Sept. 10].

De Moraes gave the answer-and-question combination that may have ended Ken Jennings's gargantuan "Jeopardy!" winning streak, and then she said that the column "may be a spoiler." That would be like a film review of "The Empire Strikes Back" in 1980 saying first that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father, and then warning readers that the review "may be a spoiler."

-- Parrish S. Knight

Silver Spring

Spare Us (and Our Kids)

The Sept. 8 Tell Me About It feature, wherein a letter writer lamented her difficulty in obtaining oral sex from her boyfriend, would have been more appropriate for the Playboy Advisor column. That your paper chose to lower its standards another notch by not only printing something like this but putting it next to the Comics section is exceedingly thoughtless.

-- Pete Bernier


No Humor in Hurricanes

On Sept. 10 your paper published an editorial cartoon by Tom Toles suggesting that Florida's recent bad luck with hurricanes is God's retribution for Al Gore's loss in 2000. That your paper would not only publish this cartoon but print it while Hurricane Ivan was bearing down on the Gulf Coast is obscene.

-- M.T. Hite


New Era, Old Slur

I couldn't help but note the irony of your Sept. 13 front page. The story and photo chronicling Sunday's Washington Redskins victory dwarfed the article and picture announcing the opening of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. Clearly, in this city, nostalgic old feelings and offensive old racial stereotypes continue to trump the new voices of Native Americans.

-- David Bjelajac


Israel Is No Iran

David S. Broder's Sept. 12 column, "Middle East Reality," quoted Michael Kraig of the Stanley Foundation as saying, "Why is so much international and global pressure exerted on Iran . . . while Israel, with its own alleged WMD arsenal, is forgotten?"

Perhaps it is because Iran is run by a radical regime and is on the State Department's list of states that sponsor terrorism, while Israel is a stable democracy and a U.S. ally in the war against terrorism.

-- Robert Davis

Silver Spring

Setback for Small People

Just when I thought we'd achieved a certain measure of progress in such matters, along comes the obituary of Elly Annie Schneider [Metro, Sept. 13] in which she and her three siblings are called "midgets."

How much better to have termed Schneider -- an original "Wizard of Oz" munchkin and obviously a small person -- either a "person of small stature" or a "person of restricted growth."

-- James V. Dolson


No Bounce for Whom?

Charles Krauthammer will evidently not let facts get in the way of his efforts to malign John Kerry. Krauthammer dedicates his Sept. 10 op-ed column to explaining that "the Republicans got a bounce out of their convention. The Democrats did not." This premise must have puzzled readers who read on Page One the same day ["Bush Support Strong After Convention"] that, according to your paper's polling, "Bush got a four-point 'bounce' in support among likely voters from his convention, about what Kerry received from his convention in July." Spreading misinformation may be a hallmark of Bush's campaign, but can his pundit supporters do no better?

-- Mark Feierstein