Pie Crimes and Misdemeanors

I am a little confused about the Reliable Source's cackle regarding Vogue editor Anna Wintour's being attacked with a pie by animal rights demonstrators [Style, Oct. 11]. Is battery really that funny?

-- David M. Siegler

Oakton

Spell It Out

I find it very annoying to have to read down nine paragraphs to find out what an abbreviation in a headline stands for ["Government Can't Explain Increase in 2002 TSA Contract," news story, Oct. 9]. If I had done this in my newspaper writing days I would have caught hell from the editor. I am speaking about one particular story, but it is hardly the first time I have had to search for clarification in your paper. Not everyone speaks Washingtonese.

-- Carol Albert

Bowie

Missing Women

Regarding the Oct. 9 news story "Ten Women Inducted Into Hall of Fame": Why did your paper name only seven of the women inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame? Whether or not the Associated Press supplied the complete list of names, this information is a matter of public record and could easily have been obtained by your editors and supplied to your reading public. Dead or alive, all the women who were honored should have been named by your paper.

-- Helene C. Bullen

Washington

Un-American Error

Simple errors such as Annie Gowen's description [Metro, Oct. 8] of "the blue stars" in Old Glory indicate that either The Post's proofreaders are very poorly educated or that Gowen has no idea of the American flag's composition.

-- J.H. Sheffield

Arlington

How You Say Anne Arundel

I can sympathize with Brendan Bowman's irritation [Free for All, Oct. 8] with people who truncate Anne Arundel's name to a mere "Arundel," but while we're at it, how about pronouncing the name correctly? There is no "run" in "Arundel." It is stressed on the first syllable, not the second: AARON-del would be the way Anne herself would have pronounced it.

-- Robert Hammarberg

Arlington

Operation Iraqi Whitewash

Congratulations to Michael Getler on his Oct. 9 column, "A Parting Thought on Iraq, Again." It takes courage to disagree with the editors of The Post on an issue that has so angrily divided the country as well as many Post readers.

In reality, I can understand the decision by the publisher and editorial writers to support the war in Iraq initially based on erroneous representations made by the Bush administration. What is baffling to many of your readers is your continued support of this war even after learning that the whole basis for the invasion was a sham.

-- Gerald Shea

Charlottesville

An Illegal Success

The Oct. 5 front page featured an "American" success story: "For N.Va. Chain Store Owner, Day-Laborer Issue Is Personal." Trouble is, this person is not a true American; he is an admitted lawbreaker several times (sneaked his wife in as well as himself). If millionaire success story Martha Stewart can go to jail for breaking our laws, then I question the motivation for your paper's glowing account of Carlos A. Castro. He should be prosecuted and returned from where he came regardless of the number of jobs he has created. Where do we draw the line? Does principle count for nothing?

-- Bob Thompson

Rockville

Remember Linda

According to your Oct. 10 Style article "The Fab One," Paul McCartney dedicated a song to "ex-wife Linda McCartney." What a way to describe one half of the most dedicated couple in the history of rock and roll! Sir Paul and his late wife were known to have said they'd never voluntarily spent the night apart during the whole of their marriage.

-- Peggy Robin

Washington