Maybe the Sign Was 'Yield'

I had to laugh when I saw the advice for Gemini in Today's Horoscope on Sept. 24: "Passions are running high, so dress seductively. The more expensive you look, the more likely you will attract clientele with money to burn." I can only think of one profession to which this advice would apply.

-- Kit Robinson


More Than 'a Tough Place'

I am a resident of the Harford Road area in Baltimore. I want to let you know that Stephen Hunter's description of the area [" 'Dirty': The Day the Earth Moved," Style, Sept. 24] was silly.

Although such terms as "a tough place" and "blue-collar America" could be considered accurate for some parts of the neighborhood, it is just not true that all of the area resembles Hunter's description. I am an orchestral conductor; my neighbors are acupuncturists, theater decorators, museum employees, retired teachers, etc. There are many different kinds of people here.

-- Julien Benichou


Show Us the Story

Your paper buried a story on Page 25 of the Sept. 23 Fairfax Extra regarding President Bush's reappointment of the Rev. Lon Solomon, senior pastor of McLean Bible Church, to a federal commission on disabilities.

Your paper recently covered this man's activities on the planned mass conversion of Jews by Jews for Jesus. You have devoted considerable space to election-year rumors and innuendos. This was a genuine news item that would be of concern to many in the American electorate.

-- Michael Heilman


Just Being Good Neighbors

The Sept. 26 Metro article on the effect of the Alexandria school superintendent's arrest and the infighting of the school board was illuminating. And, for the most part, I agreed with the story.

I take umbrage, though, with the part that noted when "neighbors ratted out other neighbors, calling police" to report thefts during Hurricane Isabel. The tone implied that reporting crimes to authorities is somehow distasteful, if not wrong. Without cooperation and a vigilant public, the police cannot do an effective job in reducing crime and keeping the peace. Please do not besmirch those who do their duty as good citizens.

-- Manny Sanchez


Whose Offense?

Courtland Milloy's Sept. 22 Metro column, "Team Name Belongs in a Museum," called on the Washington Redskins to change their name because it supposedly offends Native Americans.

A recent nationwide poll of Native Americans conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey found that 90 percent thought the nickname was acceptable.

Mr. Milloy and the politically correct crowd are attempting to dictate offense that just isn't there.

-- Joseph Daly


I Learned How. Did You?

The Sept. 26 Sunday Source "How To" article, on publishing your own book, caught my eye, mostly because I recently did so. Checking to make sure I had covered all the recommended bases, I saw that your author had not. On the subject of publicity -- the first step in getting people to read your book and stores to stock it -- Rachel F. Elson says we should "call the local media, and submit excerpts to magazines and newsletters." Here's the real deal: No one will touch your book if it is self-published. As I was informed after sending out review copies to 40 book editors, "It is our policy not to review self-published books." I received that depressing statement from the book editor of . . . The Washington Post.

-- Andrea Rouda