Deep Dishonesty

It is inconceivable that The Post, of all papers, would agree to publish Robert D. Novak's June 2 column questioning Mark Felt's motives in playing the part of Deep Throat.

Novak was himself the recipient of a government leak regarding Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA operative, the motive for which cannot be described as anything but malicious and perhaps illegal. Novak then showed no compunction about passing the leak on in print.

As a result of his refusal to disclose the source of that possibly illegal leak, two other reporters are now facing jail time. Did anyone run that one by Bob Woodward?

-- Paul Sweeting


Camp Who Knows Where

Perhaps "the outcome of the case is unclear" ["Boys Allege Abuse at D.C.-Run Camp," Metro, May 30] because the location is unclear. The Post describes the location of Camp Riverview first as "at the southernmost tip of Maryland," which is in Somerset County, and then as a place on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay, namely Scotland, in St. Mary's County.

-- Donald L. Weinberg

Oxon Hill

Green vs. Mean

I was stunned by James Watt's May 21 op-ed column, "The Religious Left's Lies." The religious left is trying to divide people of faith by defending the (gasp) environment?

I congratulate Watt for acknowledging that there are, in fact, liberals who are religious. But it's ironic that he says they are responsible for divisiveness and that they "claim a moral superiority to other people of faith." Some of the galvanizing issues for the religious right are legislating intolerance of gay people and teaching creationism to the exclusion of science; dissent is dismissed altogether. In that light, protecting the environment does not seem to be in the same category of religious polarization.

-- Kathleen Stack


Don't Blame Moms

The subtle contempt for ambitious working mothers -- some are "anxious at the prospect of baby chaos messing up their carefully structured careers" -- that permeates "What the Nanny Saw" [Style, May 22] makes me want to scream.

Why do this article and so many like it still accept as implicit that for "good parents," a baby's arrival automatically means the disruption or end of the mother's career? Why is it still assumed that the father's "carefully structured career" continues without missing a beat?

Obviously, much of the behavior that Ann Gerhart and interviewee Barbara Kline describe is worthy of their criticism. But they are wrong to imply that the blame lies solely with the mothers.

-- Caroline Lewis


Marines Are Soldiers, Too

Regarding Robert F. Foster's May 21 Free for All letter about whether a Marine is properly called a "soldier": A common definition of "marine" is "one of a class of soldiers serving on shipboard or in close association with a naval force." In fact, the original term was "marine soldier" (used by Melville in "Billy Budd"), of which "marine" is just a contraction.

-- Arthur G. Sapper

Silver Spring

Chiming In on Big Ben

The Post [World in Brief, May 29] described Big Ben as "the landmark London clock."

But "Big Ben" is the name of the largest bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament; it is not the name of the clock itself.

-- Jol Silversmith


Brotherhood of Peace?

"Why suppress a peaceful Islamic movement?" asks Jackson Diehl ["Egypt's Chance to Lead," op-ed, May 23]. Diehl says Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has "explicitly renounced violence." In the same column, he notes that the Brotherhood "opposes peace with Israel, supports the Iraqi insurgency, and believes Muslims should be ruled by sharia, or religious law" -- which prescribes stonings for adulterers. Doesn't sound nonviolent to me.

-- Gary Parker