You might be interested in some excerpts from a letter sent by Camille A. Wallace to the director of the National Gallery of Art.

"Yesterday we sent out to see the Tutankhamen exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. What we got was cruel and unusual punishment.

"We were in the ticket line by 9 a.m., but as luck would have it they stopped handing out tickets as we were about to step up to the counter. We got back in line at noon, just 10 minutes before they closed it, but we were assured several times by the guards that we would be able to see it.

"After 4 hours and 45 minutes of waiting, we finally went in. Just as quickly we were informed that we had 10 minutes to see the 55 pieces on exhibit.

"The guards turned into cowboys rounding up a herd of cattle. One guard used the word 'stampede.' It was humiliating, and so very unfair after we had waited so long.

"One hears many things while standing in a line for almost five hours, things like, 'Tickets can be bought.'

"As we were pushed out the door, we came face-to-face with a small group of about 20 VIPs waiting to view the treasures at their leisure. Mustn't keep them waiting, must we? Their time is precious.

"Mr. Director, if you would go stand in line with the little people, you would learn how to run your show. You would hear things like, 'What else do you expect - it's run by the government.' President Carter did promise that the government must become more efficient and responsive to the people. How about it?"

To date I have received five complaints from people who waited for many hours without seeing the exhibit. They realize that interest in the ancient treasures is very high, but they argue that longer viewing hours would have accommodated more people. Only two have complained that VIPs get special privileges. I suppose Washington area residents are by this time inured to second class status.