It's a Mountain, Not a Molehill


Please tell Jonathan Yardley that Mount Marcy, at 5,344 feet above sea level, is the highest peak in New York [Style, Nov. 1]. We New Yorkers might take "tiny" from the Dalai Lama, who probably thinks in Mount Everestian terms, or from Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who can trump us with Mount McKinley (20,320 feet).

But we can't abide it from Yardley, a native of Pennsylvania, where they're awestruck by their tallest: Mount Davis -- a hillock, a pimple of a mountain, at 3,213 feet.

-- William Ringle


2 Reviews Are Better Than 1

I applaud Heather McHale's comments [Free for All, Oct. 15] concerning the new and unimproved movie review section in Weekend. I agree that differing opinions on the same film frequently give me more balanced direction on whether I'd want to see the film. Also, if the material from the Style section is going to be repeated verbatim, there is no point to having a review section in Weekend. Frankly, I don't have the time to read the same thing twice; I urge your paper to return to distinctive reviews.

-- Marilyn Walker


Fiddling With Bach

The Oct. 31 obituary of violinist Robert Gerle said, "He once rendered without accompaniment Bach's Chaconne -- a formidable task that impressed a New York Times reviewer." This famous Chaconne is from Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin and is widely viewed as one of the masterpieces for solo violin. How else would Gerle have played this piece but without accompaniment?

-- Eric Freed

Frederick, Md.

Kibitzing Over Kibbutz

According to Sally Katzen, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs during the Clinton administration [Business, Nov. 1], her job "really was a license to kibbutz in virtually anything in the regulatory world." I hate to kibitz here, but shouldn't a story about a federal employee setting up a series of communal-living collective farms for government employees, presumably at government expense, be in your paper's A-section?

-- Robert D. Lafsky

Great Falls

Dia de los Errors

First The Post tells us about "grizzly murders" in "the Amityville Horror" [Sunday Source, April 10]. Then The Post tells us about "gristled" bikers [Travel, June 5]. Now The Post tells us that Harriet Miers wore a "broach" [Style, Oct. 28].

And to brooch yet another error, the Oct. 27 Home section said that the Spanish for "Day of the Dead" is "Dia de Muertos." In fact, the Spanish for "Day of the Dead" is "Dia de los Muertos."

-- Linda Shepard

Middletown, Va.

Death Toll Discrimination

The Oct. 24 front-page story "Enemy Body Counts Revived" seemed to be critical of the military's apparently recent practice of giving estimates of enemy deaths in selected operations. Two days later, your paper's front page had a story headlined "Military Has Lost 2,000 in Iraq." Alongside this article was a small box displaying the figure of 2,000 dead. Page A14 of the same edition contained a large map of the United States pinpointing the homes of record of all 2,000 dead, topped by the headline "U.S. Death Toll Reaches 2,000."

It would appear that your editors consider the use of body counts fine when it serves their purpose but not when it serves someone else's purpose.

-- James E. Bowman


A Day of the Dead procession in Mesilla, N.M., on Wednesday.