It's 'Anne Arundel'

In many articles about Anne Arundel County, Post copy editors have chosen to shorten the proper name of the county to "Arundel" in headlines; the most recent example of this is the Oct. 4 Metro headline "Arundel Soldier Killed in Humvee Crash in Afghanistan." To my knowledge, Anne Arundel County has never been referred to by its inhabitants by any such abbreviation, nor am I aware of others in Maryland using this reference. While I assume this error reflects an attempt to save space in headlines, it is an annoyance to readers. Arundel is the name of a high school, not our county. I would not expect anyone to shorten Prince William County to "Prince" -- or "Bill."

-- Brendan Bowman


Never Too Old to Rock

An Oct. 4 Style review of a Rolling Stones concert was an example of the pathetic ageist approach that neglects substance while focusing on the superficial. Who cares how many wrinkles the Rolling Stones have? Perhaps your writer misses the point of the Stones' performance (it's music) and would do better by covering a subject matter that he can get into in a real way. Why would The Post tolerate ageism? It surely would not tolerate racism. What's the difference?

-- Rhona L. Pavis


Look Who's Talking

George F. Will wrote in his Sept. 27 op-ed column regarding the John Roberts nomination and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's reasons for opposing him: "Remarkably, Feinstein was reading her statement. So her mare's-nest of inapposite words and unclear thoughts cannot be excused as symptoms of Biden's Disease, that form of logorrhea that causes victims, such as Sen. Joe Biden, to become lost on the syntactical back roads of their extemporaneous rhetoric." Is this the pot calling the kettle black or what?

-- Matt Cummings

South Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Also Known as Looting

After reading "The Adventures of Jason & Brandin" [Magazine, Oct. 2], I was impressed with the verbs used to describe stealing from a sandwich shop and a store in New Orleans. The words "purloined" and "took" play just so softly on the tongue. Please tell your editors to tell it straight.

-- Evelyn C. McKinney


A Pitiful Law

I was outraged by Tim Maloney's Oct. 2 Close to Home column supporting the "ban and destroy" policy toward pit bulls in Prince George's County. Maloney's column reported that "last year, 1,000 illegal pit bulls were seized in Prince George's, 800 of which were euthanized." I am not a pit bull owner, but it seems barbaric to seize dogs from citizens' homes and destroy them in such large numbers to support an inhumane and ill-conceived ban. Probably few of those 800 dogs had caused any trouble.

That a whole breed should be condemned and destroyed because some small percentage actually bite someone seems to be an appalling overreaction.

-- Mike Gagarine


Hypocritical Hubris

Robert D. Novak's ability to make excuses for Republicans' unethical, illegal and incompetent actions does not surprise me anymore, but his ability to engage in hypocrisy still does [op-ed, Oct. 3]. To say that Democrats are the ones who are guilty of using the criminal process to settle political scores, while ignoring Republican Ken Starr's Whitewater fishing expedition and the Republicans' impeachment of President Bill Clinton, is ignoring the big, fat elephant in the room.

-- Scott Ehlers


Chucky the pit bull relaxes as Mary Harahan feeds granddaughter Molly Harahan, 2, in Bethany Beach.