I used to believe that The Post’s headlines denoted what the accompanying article was all about, but not now. A Dec. 8 headline in the Business section stated, “U.S. incurs losses over small-bank bailouts.” Four paragraphs down, we learn that these losses totaled $241 million. But six paragraphs later we find the following, “These firms also paid $307 million in dividends.” Should not your headline have read, “TARP bailout programs yielded a $66 million gain”?

August C. Bolino, Silver Spring