Editor: The pessimistic appraisal by Jeane Kirkpatrick of the proposed Mideast peace conference (October 1, 1991) rests on faulty premises.
She declares that Israel ''cannot count on its (Arab) neighbors to negotiate in good faith.''
Secretary of State James Baker has obtained from the prospective Arab participants in the conference indications of their willingness to negotiate. The conclusion of the war against Iraq has created unusually favorable circumstances for a successful conference between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
The United States seriously needs such a conference because it has vital interests in the Mideast and cannot longer afford the costs of continued hostility between the Arab states and Israel.
The way to test the good faith of the Arab governments is to hold the conference and see how they behave.
Actually there is good reason to mistrust the good faith of the government of Israel in regard to the proposed conference.
It openly expresses its wish to acquire the militarily-occupied Arab West Bank which its calls ''Judea'' and ''Samaria'' (the ancient Jewish names which suggest they should belong to Israel) and which it is rushing to colonize.
The United States has called Israel's policy a threat to the peace conference.
Ms. Kirkpatrick asserts risks to Israel in a peace agreement ''that is the result of outside pressures.'' The ''outside pressures'' are primarily from the United States -- backed up by many other governments in the world community.
A peace conference which among other things acknowledges and provides for the political rights of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and includes security guarantees for Israel and Arab states would be a good deal for the Israelis.
And more important, it would be a good deal for the United States.
$ Charles Gellner. Silver Spring.
Hollins Market Area's Resettlers
Editor: The article outlining the plight of urban resettlers was accurate, as far as it went. It is tough to rehab an old house in a neighborhood beset by crime. One is tempted to flee, but there is another side of the picture.
Neighborhood associations, particularly the Hollins Market Neighborhood Association, have some vital programs going: a recycling depot that draws clients from as far away as Towson, active participation in the city-wide Recycling Coalition, a monthly solid waste bin operation that saves the city random pickup and saves the rest of us from eyesores, a tree-planting program creating miniparks on vacant lots, liaison with the city to plant more sidewalk trees, blockwatcher recruitment, a mural approach to the graffiti plague and the great SoWeBo (for southwest Baltimore) arts festival on Memorial Day weekend.
The resale of rehabilitated Hollins Townhouses has been surprisingly successful. At last report, 14 were sold in a matter of three months. Homeowners will bring back the old neighborhood spirit.
We could use a little more active law enforcement and a more aggressive approach to curbing the fencing of stolen goods. The schools should be better.
It takes more than money. It takes a more dedicated drive by the persons working in these fields. Instead of crying ''uncle,'' we ought to be cheering them on.
Could we start with foot patrols, please?
! Amber Eustus. Baltimore.
Editor: I believe every citizen in these United States should write to their elected leaders about the check-kiting going on at the House of Representatives bank.
What penalties will the House impose on these cheats? I want to know who these individuals are that place themselves above the law.
Is it any wonder why voters look upon elected leaders with contempt? I have no respect for anyone who acts like a criminal.
These individuals should pay back every dime, and be fined. Then their names should be made public.
# John F. Thomas.
Why So Much?
Editor: If one were to conclude anything from The Sun's readers' letters, it would be that there is a decided lack of interest concerning the Sunpapers' increase in news stand price. I, however, feel that this increase is totally out of line with the current economic climate and with the industry itself.
Was it not just one year ago that the price jumped from 2to 3 Now at 5(a 100 percent increase with inflation at 6 percent)? Nationally prestigious papers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc. are still 3 Could it be that the lack of competition, rumors of Sunpapers financial difficulties, or just greed that brought about this unwise decision? Inquiring minds want to know.
% David B. Metcalf. Baltimore.
Editor: Members attending the board meeting of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County were very chagrined to read the article on congressional redistricting appearing in The Sun Oct. 24, wherein our present Rep. Tom McMillen is reported to have asked ''. . . how much longer a woman of Mrs. Bentley's age will remain in Congress?''