Is The Post’s Gene Weingarten a Vulcan? “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry might think so if he were to read Weingarten’s revealing Aug. 17 Washington Post Magazine column, “Mutterings,” in which he shows he is capable of cross-species telepathy. Whereas Roddenberry’s mind-meld linked Vulcans to humans, Weingarten takes the telepathic process one step further — to a place where even “Star Trek” dared not go: Weingarten shows he can link his mind to those of dogs. Too bad dogs can’t read, enjoy and howl at Weingarten’s absolutely on-target column on canine thoughts.

Tom Bickerton, Vienna