Many news articles mention the age of the person in the story [as Parade does], such as John Smith, 46, did such and such. Unless it’s a story in which the age of the person is relevant, what is the purpose of this practice? It’s never done on television. —Ati Kovi, Potomac, Md. I think it’s just a long-standing habit that arose from a desire to satisfy curious readers. Unfortunately, noting ages also promotes stereotyping because people are so wildly different. Imagine news stories that routinely added a person’s race and religion. Who would like that? Personally, I believe that if a photo of the person appears, the age of the person should not be mentioned.