In the story about the slaying of a doughnut shop manager (Jan. 22) is an unfortunate expression attributed to family members and customers of the victim: She was called "a sweet little old lady " of 57 years. It is the second time recently that I have read that women in their 50s are "old ladies."
By that token, all but one of the appointees in President Reagan's Cabinet could be designated "sweet little old men."
People in their 50s are often working people of considerable energy and ability. Older they may be --older men, older women, older people, fragile occasionally--but usually they are not sweet and surely not old.
Please respect our middle years, and even in quotations please do not describe us with such unfortunate words.
HELEN and FRED SEBRING