Goodness gracious! Your condescend-o-meter must have gone off the scale with your Leisure World story (“Almost Heaven,” 3/6). And such a tough story it was—a hard-hitting essay beating up on some defenseless older people whose only crime, it seems, is to live in a community that caters to their needs at a time of their lives that can be particularly difficult.

I guess your story is a good example of what it means to write with “attitude” —to take cheap shots at a subject about which you know next to nothing and for which you have no appreciation. Throwing in a gratuitous slap at Wheaton, which has turned into a nifty little haven for ethnic restaurants and shops, only added to the impressions of an article written out of sheer ignorance for sheer spite.

(For disclosure reasons, I’ll mention my mother lives in Leisure World.)

Olney, Md.