Re "Summit at White House fails to alter hard lines" (Page A1, Oct. 3): Words have meaning, and it is time for the news media to stop dignifying the Republican right wing with the adjective "conservative".
These people are not interested in conserving anything; they are un-American radicals whose goal is to tear down the institutions that have been created in our country by the hard work of compromise.
They are a lot of things; nihilist, ignorant, intolerant, mendacious, destructive, ridiculous. What they are not is conservative.
-- Harlan Edmonds, Captain, USN (ret.), Sacramento