Question: Regarding your Feb. 15 column: When you adopt a child they become yours. There is no reason to refer to someone's child as adopted. Hugh was Carroll's son. That's all you should have said in your answer. — Dawn, Brattleboro, Vt.

Televisionary: I absolutely agree on your first point, but I respectfully disagree on your second. This is a column about information, after all. I received a few pieces of mail saying the same thing you did, but if I'd stated only that he was O'Connor's son, I would've gotten a lot more telling me I'd missed that detail. In providing it, I didn't make any kind of value judgment; nor did I mean to imply one. However, I'm sorry if anyone read it as such.