Richard Cohen’s June 11 op-ed column, “A scoop of hot air,” was remarkable for putting the National Security Agency leak debate into perspective without using a single acronym. Cohen even described the constitution and function of a court established by “the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.” In contrast, Dana Milbank’s Washington Sketch column that day, “In NSA leak, a well-deserved hosing,” said that “the FISA court itself colluded in the secrecy” but gave no antecedent for FISA — he mentioned the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but where did that letter “A” come from? — and no explanation about the court. Thanks for running a column that helped us average folks understand what we read.

Kay McCurdy, Springfield