Editor: Your constant bashing of Vice President Dan Quayle is so offensive to us and we are angered almost daily. It is the most unfair beating I have ever seen a public figure endure, yet he continues to rise graciously above it.
I know there are those whose thinking is influenced by your printings -- but not us, the great (usually) silent majority. We will be heard from again at the next election.
Mildred K. Johnson.
We're No. 1
Editor: I heartily agree with Carl Rowan's column suggesting Dan Quayle might not be worse than George Bush, perhaps better.
Mr. Bush and our generals like to brag that ''We're No. 1!'' But they base this on our military power. During the Reagan-Bush era, the United States lags far behind other industrial nations -- rates of infant mortality, literacy and life expectancy, for example. We have poverty that rivals many Third World countries.
Consider: In percentages of 1-year-old children fully immunized against polio we're No. 17, behind China, Brazil and Bulgaria. Egypt, Jordan and the Soviet Union have less infants born at low birth weight. Algeria, Morocco and Zimbabwe spend a larger percentage of their GNP on public education. Children in Hungary score better on an international math test. Lebanon, Libya and Cuba have, on average, more teachers for their school-age children.
Mr. Quayle could not do worse than Mr. Bush.
Under Presidents Reagan and Bush, our country is No. 1 in other areas: Among Western industrialized nations we lead in percentage of children living below the poverty line. We're No. 1 in teen pregnancy. We're No. 1 in murders of males between 15 and 24, No. 1 in murder by guns for all ages, No. 1 in percentage of population incarcerated, No. 1 in percentage of commuter trips made by private auto rather than public transport, No. 1 in per capita energy consumption and in emissions of air pollutants.
I agree with The Sun that Dan Quayle is unfit for the presidency -- as was Ronald Reagan and as is George Bush. We, the American people, are far more decent than our elected ''leaders,'' and it's time we clean house next election day.
Gerald Ben Shargel.
Saints: Prayers and Miracles
Editor: Your editorial, ''Making Saints,'' contains serious factual errors and reaches profoundly misleading conclusions.
For example, while the editorial correctly pointed out that the Holy See's Congregation for the Causes of Saints has jurisdiction in beatification and canonization processes, it failed to acknowledge that this congregation itself decided to suspend active consideration of the Cause of Queen Isabella.
Even more astonishing is the editorial's unsubstantiated assertion that a possible process for the cause of Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange ''could cost a million dollars.'' The use of such a figure is totally unfounded. What the church looks for is not money but information, prayers and, please God, miracles.
The total cost of printing informational leaflets will be minimal, less than $2,000.
In today's dollars, the total anticipated cost of all historical and other studies would come to less than $30,000, a sum that could be expended over many years. But this figure can be significantly reduced by volunteer efforts, including those of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, who revere Mother Lange as their foundress.
When billions are spent annually for entertainment and on arms, the expenditure of a very modest sum to make better known a true heroine of our city and model for our times deserves better editorial comment.
At this time, the church is looking for more historical information about Mother Lange, especially prior to her founding the world's first religious community of women of African descent.
As time goes on, we hope that more and more people will come to know of her pioneering work as a woman of faith, prayer and action. Her example in teaching the neglected little ones of the city in her day may stir others here and elsewhere to commit themselves to quality education of the poor for the love of the kingdom of God.
Most Rev. William H. Keeler.
The writer is the Catholic archbishop of Baltimore.
Editor: The tragedy of Bangladesh and the plight of the homeless, hungry Kurds weigh heavily on the minds of all humane mankind. But we are also told that one in every nine American children goes to bed hungry at night.
Our government pledges untold billions of dollars to aid the foreign people who suffer due to wars and nature's whims.
Shouldn't we have to care for our own before we allocate huge sums of money far from our shores? Besides, with our economy said to be in shambles, from whence come these funds?
Margaret G. Orman.
Obsolescence of Dominant Central Cities