ITHINK DON IMUS' comments on the Rutgers women's basketball players were out there - but our black rappers say it every day. They have millions doing it. They call black women ho's, whores, sluts, tramps - you name it. Black people get up and party and buy the music that is so degrading.

Imus should have just played some rap music in the background when he said "nappy-headed ho's" with 50 Cent sitting next to him, and he'd make millions as the next greatest rapper.

Gena Davis, Philadelphia

While I don't condone the Imus remarks, where do Gregory Lee and Bryan Monroe and the National Association of Black Journalists get the right to be outraged? This is an organization that segregates out white people.

If Don Imus were a black comedian, it would have been OK, and you would have laughed at it, right?

Charlie Gagliardi, Philadelphia

Policing the streets

I love it when liberals start crying, "We have to do something!" Police used to do a lot to stop gun-carrying hoods, but no more. Due to laws protecting criminals, we need "probable cause" that just about ties the hands of most cops.

But police can still stop and frisk a lot of people if they wanted to put the time and effort into it. Drinking on the corner, corner lounging, gambling on the highway (dice games), curfew, these are all things you can be arrested for, which means you can be searched. I am pretty sure there would be lots of guns taken off the streets.

Robert Steward, Philadelphia

The recent influx of police commanders patrolling the streets has been hailed by some as a "dog and pony show." But give it some time. Most of us know that this does not stop the homicides, but it gets the commanders buried behind a desk a chance to see what's going on.

Steven M. Hubbs, Bellmawr, N.J.

Come back, Miss America!

Country Music Television notified the Miss America Pageant that they were being dropped. The network had rights to air the pageant until 2011 but decided it will not exercise its option to televise the contest in 2008 and beyond.

I knew when Miss America left Atlantic City, it would only be a matter of time before this would happen. The pageant left Atlantic City due to continuing financial losses. I suggested that the casino industry would be the most likely savior for the pageant. The pageant should return to its original home, Atlantic City.

David M. Levin, Vineland, N.J.