- - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I greatly enjoyed recently reading a nonfiction best-seller — with the exception of the writer’s frequent, fashionable and politically correct use of “B.C.E.” (“Before the Common Era”) in place of “B.C.” (Before Christ). I am told that some non-Christians are uncomfortable with B.C. Fair enough. Then use the Mayan calendar or the Etruscan calendar or whatever calendar is appropriate.

If writers choose to use a calendar based on the historical reality of Christ, they should not twist it into something else the way Christmas has been turned into “the holidays” with “holiday” trees, “holiday” cards and “holiday” stockings. (Don’t look now, but “holiday” derives from “holy day.”)

JENNY SULLIVAN

Arlington