The Post chose to headline a news item about an intruder who fondles women " 'Cuddler' reported" [Local Digest, Metro, Jan. 11].
If someone is touching your body without your consent, that person is a molester, not a cuddler.
Please do not make light of the experience of the woman who was assaulted Sunday by giving the intruder a warm, fuzzy nickname.
Kate Julian's Jan. 10 Outlook piece, "What's the big idea?," described some research on "implicit" prejudice and attitudes toward President Obama.
The researchers were "from Stanford and the University of California at Irvine," but none of their names appeared in the article.
It appears that in The Post scientific research is one of the few human activities in which unnamed people do things worthy of publication. You never write that "a new book by a Yale historian argues for a reinterpretation of the Cold War" or that "Serena Williams defeated a Slovenian qualifier 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open" or that "the director of 'Avatar' previously won a Best Director Oscar for 'Titanic.' "
Usually, when people do something important, The Post tells us their names. That should be the rule for scientific research, too.
I am so tired of reading lines such as this one in a Jan. 9 letter to the editor regarding the Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas:
"Growing up in the Midwest, I was taught to call things as I saw them."
The inference I got was that people on the coasts are not so straightforward.
I grew up in New York and have family in Minnesota, Iowa and Montana -- and in California. Some tell it like is, some do not; geography has nothing to do with it.
Edwin H. Davis,Falls Church
Bill Turque's Jan. 11 Metro article, "A prestige too costly?," was thoughtfully written and explained the National Board Certification process for teachers well.
However, I took exception to his repeated use of the phrase "win" as in, "Those who win certification . . . ."
After the extensive time and effort it took me to become a National Board-certified teacher, I can assure you I did not "win" that title. I earned it.
"Looking svelte, even diminutive -- he lost weight while recovering from a heart attack last November --" conductor Leonard Slatkin "allowed the first wave of applause to go to the violinist Nikolaj Znaider, the evening's soloist . . ." ["A trim Slatkin returns to lead NSO in warm rendition of Elgar concerto," Style, Jan. 8].
Anne Midgette's review of the National Symphony Orchestra's concert was marred by the reference to Slatkin's weight in the headline and the first paragraph. There is no relationship between Slatkin's trim appearance and the performance of the Elgar concerto.
The column is a music review and should be confined to that purpose.
A Jan. 9 Free for All writer accused The Post of "cheapening the language and lowering the bar for everyone" by quoting bad grammar on the part of a now-infamous local athlete.
You should remind the reader that whatever was said is whatever was said. As long as the words reported are exactly as spoken by the person quoted, however egregious the grammatical errors, there is no foul.
We count on The Post to report accurately.
Why does The Post quote inarticulate political figures?
This quote from "Republican strategist" Todd Harris regarding Sarah Palin caught my eye: "This gives her a platform she can use to stay relevant . . . and flush out some of her policy positions" ["Palin: From Facebook to Fox News," Media Notes, Jan. 12].
Let's hope that Palin does flush them out, rethink the important topics and replace them with thoughtful new policy positions.
Actually, this should be a periodic activity for all politicians. You betcha.
Congratulations to Blake Gopnik for restoring some semblance of class to your Style section.
It is a distinct and unique pleasure to have a collection of essays on the details of paintings at the Phillips Collection that can be assembled as a manual for the edification of our frequent guests visiting Washington for its cultural attractions.
The series has mollified those of us who had our stomachs turned and intelligence insulted by the mere prospect of reading about the gate-crashing Salahis.
W. Thomas Kelly,Washington