Poor Photo Choice

Regarding the July 5 Business story "India's Economy Growing Quickly": I fail to understand how a picture of a woman begging in Mumbai has any relevance to the article.

I wonder how we Americans would react to an article in an Indian newspaper on, say, our sending a high-tech probe to crash into a comet being illustrated with a picture of a homeless person in the District or a poor child in the Appalachians.

-- Ranga Nathan


Off Base on an All-Star Story

I am curious why your Sports section would start an article ["Lopez, Orioles Control Astros; Mora, Roberts Supply Offense," June 16] by accusing Houston's Morgan Ensberg of stopping short of first base during a brilliant play by the Orioles' Brian Roberts (the replay I saw did not show this conclusively). I am even more curious why your July 12 All-Star preview coverage fails to include any mention of Ensberg replacing the St. Louis Cardinals' Scott Rolen in the National League lineup, except for listing Ensberg in the fine print as a reserve. USA Today and the Washington Times thought Ensberg's last-minute selection while he was en route to Lake Tahoe was newsworthy. In fact USA Today had a feature article, complete with photo.

Your baseball writers failed to reach first on this one.

-- Doug Snyder


More Editing Needed

In his TV Preview of Fox's "The Princes of Malibu," Tom Shales [Style, July 9] again showed his political leanings. Talking about the movie fluff made during the '30s to distract people from the Depression, he wrote: "Perhaps shows like 'The Princes of Malibu' are the contemporary equivalent for a society quaking from terrorism and mourning the victims of a highly questionable war."

I don't know what society he's a part of -- do Londoners look like they're quaking in fear? No. They of the famous stiff upper lip are going about their business. Are New Yorkers quaking in fear? When he doesn't see people react as he expects, Shales puts blinders on and ignores the truth.

Unfortunately, even a TV critic is able to slip his personal opinions into a column without being stopped by an unbiased editor.

-- Marie L. Olson


Just Returning the Insult

Ed Linz [Free for All, July 9] seems bothered by Richard Cohen's use of the terms "village idiots," "gullible nincompoops," "suckers" and "useful idiots" -- among other labels -- to describe conservatives [op-ed, June 28].

All of Cohen's terms come from books and articles by Ann Coulter, Mona Charen and other conservative writers.

If all Linz reads is The Post, he's almost completely missed the depths to which political discourse on the right has sunk over the past dozen or so years.

The only thing new about Cohen's wording was who was on the other end of the insult.

-- Alan E. Bratburd


Not a Plight to be Pitied

Your June 23 front-page article on the plight of area day laborers ["Pay Abuses Common for Day Laborers, Study Finds"] was disappointing. The government is tightening our borders to improve national security, and you present a study that supports illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants break federal law in entering the United States. Moreover, the article was based on a study that had yet to determine what percentage of the workers had legal immigration status.

The article described the "rampant" experiences of day laborers being cheated by their employers. However, the people who are truly cheating the system are those illegal laborers, who are breaking our immigration laws and taking away jobs from Americans.

-- Adam N. Bitter