At the conclusion of your otherwise interesting article on Palau in the Jan. 10 Travel section, you stated that Micronesia has no representatives in the United States. I am pleased to point out your error. The three political entities that comprise Micronesia each maintain offices in this very city: the Federated States of Micronesia, 706 G St. SE, 544-2640; the Republic of Palau, 444 N. Capitol St., Suite 308, 624-7793; the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 223-4952.

Although I am happy to read anything about Micronesia in The Post, I am disappointed that my "hometown" newspaper doesn't even know we are here.

Jesse B. Marehalau Representative Federated States of Micronesia As an Australian citizen visiting the United States, I found your article "How Best to Explore the Outback? The Pub Crawl, Of Course" in the Jan. 3 Travel section irresponsible and somewhat of an oversight.

" ... the distance between two points is often measured in the 'grog' consumed en route ... " suggests that drunken driving is the norm for the average Australian motorist. In fact the maximum legal blood alcohol content (BAC) for driving in Australia ranges between 0.05 and 0.08 percent, depending upon the state.

Results of recent studies conducted in Australia show that less than 1.5 percent of motorists on city streets have been convicted of driving with a BAC greater than the legal limit.

As for "How Best to Explore the Outback," might I suggest you get the writer off the bitumen (asphalt) and onto a camel's back on a week-long safari trek around Alice Springs, Ayres Rock and the Olgas. Exploring in such a manner presents a more spectacular and realistic Outback experience.

Although colonization of the Australian mainland may have had humble beginnings, we Aussies know that we'll be right up there in less than another 200 years. With so much untouched land and an almost endless supply of resources for advancement and development, this inevitably will be the case. Andrew P. Wearne Bethesda

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