Changed His Mind?

Reconcile these two statements from columnist Richard Cohen:

Oct. 13: "The alleged crime involves the outing of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative. . . . Not nice, but it was what Washington does day in and day out. . . . This is rarely considered a crime."

Oct. 18: "A number of readers, some of them formerly of the CIA, got the impression from my last column that I don't consider the outing of a covert employee a serious matter. I do."

Which column represents Cohen's actual position? How could someone who writes only in good faith possibly end up in such a jam?

-- Sam Brasel


Prince George's Diminished

Your Metro story on school enrollment ["School Rosters Slip in Prince George's," Oct. 16] is flawed for two reasons.

First, as you have acknowledged, these numbers are preliminary. It would be better to wait for final fall enrollment data to be tallied before reaching conclusions.

Second, and equally important, your headline singles out Prince George's County. Your article noted that student enrollment also fell in the District and in Fairfax and Anne Arundel counties. Why slam Prince George's? The county deserves more respect, and we Prince Georgians would like to see fair coverage.

-- Pradeep Ganguly

Glenn Dale

Hungry for Coverage

I live in Prince George's County and subscribe to The Post. I noticed that only one restaurant in the county was listed in the fall dining guide [Magazine, Oct. 16].

This could be slightly less appalling if any Prince George's restaurant ever made it into any of Tom Sietsema's reviews. How about buying him a map? Let him know that there is a huge subscriber population that lives east of Washington. Certainly he can find an occasional restaurant to feature here.

-- Steve Hill

College Park

Coining a Technicality

The Oct. 6 KidsPost had a story about the new nickel and said this is the first time a president's image is facing forward on a coin. My 14-year-old and 8-year-old sons contend that statement is inaccurate. The flip side of the penny has the Lincoln Memorial, with ol' Abe sitting face forward.

Thanks for motivating my kids to read the newspaper and to question facts.

-- Christopher Bannon


Nasty Business, to No End

Why does The Post spew hatred? I don't know how to describe what Tina Brown wrote under the headline "You've Come a Long Way, Ladies" [Style, Oct. 13]. It wasn't news, and apparently it wasn't an editorial. It was, however, one of the meanest things I've ever seen in print. I don't know what purpose it served other than to let your readers know that Tina Brown hates Harriet Miers, hates the Bushes, hates Christians and may hate any woman who works for the current administration.

I used to own a newspaper, and I don't know how to classify what Brown wrote. I used to expect reasonable discourse in The Post.

It's one thing to read some fiery language on an editorial page. Subjecting your readers to Brown's piece was mean.

-- James R. Roberts


How Dry It Isn't

As a longtime Houston Astros fan, I can't say I enjoyed how the dramatic fifth game of the National League Championship Series turned out. But I did get a laugh when I read the account by The Post's Jorge Arangure Jr. ["Pujols Blasts the Cards Back In; Home Run in Ninth Avoids Elimination," Sports, Oct. 18].

Referring to the creation of the Astros -- then the Colt .45s -- he wrote: "On this day 45 years ago, a dry dusty town in the middle of Texas was awarded a baseball team."

It's not often that I think of my former home town, infamous for its 95 percent humidity and heavy rains, as "dry."

It's also quite a trick for a Gulf Coast city to be in "the middle of Texas" and still manage to be the sixth-busiest commercial seaport in the world.

-- Arthur Rabeau