Poor Word Choice

I was appalled by this headline on the Oct. 8 Metro section front: "Family Wins $2 Million in Hit-Run." This was an article about the driver in a hit-and-run accident being ordered to compensate the family of the victim.

I read the beginning of the headline and expected a happy story about someone winning the lottery. Wins? Winning implies a celebration. This family is not celebrating. Their child is dead, and your headline adds to their anguish.

-- Cindy Pedder

Springfield

Terror Isn't Faith-Based

An Oct. 8 editorial, "More Debate Questions," said that "surely capturing Osama bin Laden and routing the remaining al Qaeda leadership would not be the end of Islamic terrorism."

I thought this was a concept that had been put to rest years ago.

There are terrorists who profess Islam, but the idea that there is "Islamic terrorism" is crazy. No one talks of Catholic or Protestant terrorism in Ireland or of Hindu terrorism in Gujarat. The Post should be more careful.

-- J. Michael Korff

Arlington

Just the Facts, Please

Perhaps Paul Farhi's Oct. 9 article, "Debate Did Little to Solidify Votes of Participants," should have been moved back a few pages, to the opinion section. The article was fine until the last line, which followed a quote from Rosemary Nagy, one of the participants in the second presidential debate. She said she'd "probably vote for Bush." The story concluded: "She smiled, and her voice trailed off. It did not sound like a ringing endorsement."

Really? It also sounded as if Nagy wasn't exactly dazzled by Sen. John F. Kerry's ideas or performance that night or in the first debate. While either conclusion is easily reached, neither has a place in an article reporting the events of the evening.

-- Eric Crabtree

Frederick

The Founders' Passions

Your Oct. 13 editorial " 'Value in Diversity' " said that the Board of Education in Charles County is considering revamping sex education so that it is "informed by 'theological perspectives of the Founders.' "

I must ask: Will that include the theological perspectives of Thomas Jefferson, who, it is widely believed, fathered a child with one of his slaves? Or perhaps those of Benjamin Franklin, who reputedly was the father of numerous (some count them in the fifties) children conceived out of wedlock?

Somehow, I doubt those are the "theological perspectives" the board is considering.

-- Arthur C. Adams

Laurel

Misfire on a Store Display

After reading Courtland Milloy's Oct. 3 column, "A Shocking Display of Indifference," I want to make sure our position is understood.

As the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, my company employed the workers who were setting up the Budweiser display at the District Safeway that Wayne Wiggins visited. We were working with the store to tie into its Western theme, and we made a poor choice to include toy guns as part of the display. After receiving Wiggins's complaint, we removed the guns from the display that afternoon.

Had your columnist called us before writing his article, he would have discovered that we were not indifferent but that we took Wiggins's concerns seriously, and, as a responsible company, we addressed them.

-- Neal Katcef

Washington

The writer is president of Capital Eagle Inc.