Before having fully ingested my morning coffee, I read that scientists "are exploring global-warming solutions that sound wholly far-fetched, including giant artificial "trees" that would filter carbon dioxide out of the air" ["Global warming? No sweat" News, Mar. 16]. Umm, has anyone thought about just leaving the trees we still have standing upright in their respective forests to do the job they were meant to do?

In Kim Curtis' review of Daniel Mason's latest book, "A Far Country" ["A lack of rain, a torrent of words," Books, March 11], Curtis writes, "The only distraction in Mason's beautifully told, heart-wrenching tale is his need to impress readers with his broad vocabulary. A horse is 'spavined' rather than 'lame,' a fiddle has a 'threnodial,' not a 'sad or somber' sound."

In regard to the op-ed article (Aug. 7), more a plea, to parents to not put their babies face down in the crib for the first 5 or 6 months, I am hoping that maybe new mothers and fathers will heed this new information and not treat it as bogus medical data.

I am a voracious reader. I read your paper cover to cover almost every day, but this I'm having trouble with.

Every time I pick up the paper and try to read about the Littleton massacre, my eyes well up and I can hardly swallow. I see headlines like "How parents can allay students' fears" and I wonder who's going to allay mine?

No Sweat -- Buses Have Helped To Flatten Seattle's Hills for Bike Riders

I just have to write and publicly thank Metro for flattening out Seattle. I am a sometimes weekend bicycle rider who is not in such great shape. I occasionally fly to the Midwest and other flat places around the country and sigh with envy at the ease with which the local populace pedal their two-wheeled vehicles. I have taken it as a personal challenge to figure out how to get from west Queen Anne to anywhere in the city without having to go up any hills. I've gotten pretty good at this, I might add.