So Howard Dean attacks white Christian Republicans and suggests that Tom DeLay needs to serve jail time ["Dean's Words Draw Democratic Rebukes; DNC Chief Stands by Barbs at GOP," news story, June 9], but The Post makes Karl Rove's comment a front-page story ["Democrats Call for Rove to Apologize," June 24]?

Didn't a Democrat also call one instance of solitary confinement the equivalent of Pol Pot ["Durbin Defends Guantanamo Comments," news story, June 17]? That did not make the front page, either, did it?

JOSEPH HRUTKA

Silver Spring

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Karl Rove's most recent statement concerning the "motives" of "liberals" in their reaction to Sept. 11, 2001, and, more to the point, in their opposition to the war in Iraq is an egregious example of this administration's practice of equating dissent and public discourse with a lack of patriotism or, worse, sedition. Such a suggestion slanders the nearly 50 percent of the voters who opposed the administration in the last election.

I wonder what President Bush meant when he said that he was a "uniter, not a divider."

BENJAMIN S. VAUGHAN

Rockville

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I am disheartened that both Republicans and Democrats feel the need for the verbal posturing we are usually fortunate to hear only in an election year. While verbal jousting has long been a popular Washington sport, we have not often seen the level of vitriol and outright nastiness that we are witnessing recently.

This is a new age of politics; the war of the 20-second sound bite has begun in an attempt to blind the public into believing that one party is fairer, more democratic and better for the country than the other. The sad truth is that the two-party system and its politicians are abrogating their responsibility to the public to do their job in an attempt to keep their jobs.

A.G. CORWIN

Woodbridge