Thank you for including Judith A Shultz's article "Ethical Wills: A Tool for Resolving Unfinished Business" (MarchApril 2006). Ethical wills are a wonderful way for us all to transmit our spiritual legacy.
Rabbi John D. Cooper
Kudos to you for the perfect response to The Washington Post for running the [Universal Press Syndicate's] "Close to Home" cartoon showing the Aging Today "Swimsuit Edition" ("Letter From the Editor," March-April 2006). Shame on the Post. With its long history of liberalism, the editors should know better. Printing a racist or sexist cartoon would never be considered by this esteemed newspaper. But apparently an ageist one is fair game. The Post definitely needs to read Ageism in America [the new report from the International Longevity Center].
Thank you for stepping up and taking The Washington Post to task for running the taste-free cartoon. It's also ironic, since the Post was, for many years-and many important years-led by a woman who became an attractive older woman. I don't think this would have gotten past its late publisher, Katherine Graham.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
White House Conference
Your article on the 2005 White House Conference on Aging ("2005 WHCOA: A Tale of Two Conferences," January-February 2006) reminded me of the 1981 conference. I had been the chair of the research committee before the meeting, and we submitted our report. …