IN THE aftermath of the death of a Wal-Mart employee at the hands of a rabid bargain-hunting mob of morons, I can now understand why department stores have pushed so hard to do away with the the word "Christmas."

After all, if you're in the middle of killing someone who is slowing down your pursuit of sweat socks on sale, you certainly don't want a replica of the baby Jesus staring you down, possibly casting judgment on your actions.

Stuart Caesar, Philadelphia