Lenny: No Big Deal

I RECENTLY returned from eight glorious days in St. Maarten, and I take great offense to your recent item in Coming and Going ["Life After Lenny," Dec. 26]. I flew to St. Maarten Dec. 12 and returned Dec. 19. As a first-time visitor, I found it a wonderful place. No, the "trees and flora" were not "left bare." Yes, the vegetation did suffer some from the salt damage, but by the end of our visit it was starting to green up very nicely, and there was much work being done to replace and replant other vegetation. Yes, some beaches suffered erosion, but others gained from the hurricane.

I was in Philipsburg several times, and did not notice any "post-flooding debris . . . piled downtown." As for the main shopping promenade on Front Street, I only saw one damaged business. The restaurants are open, as are most hotels. In fact, it was a wonderful time to visit because there are very few people there.

Debra Armstrong

Dumfries, Va.

Airport Parking

PREVIOUSLY a chronic complainer about transportation options to BWI, I highly endorse your Travel Lab Report of Dec. 19 on park-and-fly options at airport hotels. Last year, I missed a once-per-day Air Jamaica flight to Nassau after the Super Shuttle driver failed to locate BWI. Now I drive leisurely up the parkway to the Sheraton International Airport on BWI grounds, spend the pre-flight night ($119-$239, includes parking), take the free shuttle and arrive calmly in minutes for my flight.

Mary Gallagher


Evil SUVs?

JOHN BRILEY'S article encouraging the suburbanite owners of ridiculously large vehicles to take to the the hinterlands from their cul-de-sacs was inexcusable ["Joy in Mudville," Dec. 12]. While Briley correctly states he is "a dork for owning a rumbling, overpowered, gas-eating, hard-to-park, extra-polluting four-wheel-drive machine," he goes on to encourage similar dorks to the woods to prove their need for these vehicles bought for commuting on the Beltway. I curse those fools driving their gas-guzzling, four-wheel-drive grocery-getters over the paved byways, but to have those same rubes in their behemoths trampling our forest moves me, generally a mild-mannered citizen, to thoughts of violence. To partake in the pleasures of wilder places, these urban and suburban drivers need to get out under their own power. For The Post to publish an article suggesting otherwise only threatens to spoil more responsible citizens' enjoyment of these areas.

Susan Bright


Site Unseen

GOT A chuckle from your Site of the Week [Dec. 12]--online booking with assistance of a live human travel agent. Sounds suspiciously like my system: a phone call!

Barbara Morris


It's the Humidity

REGARDING Travel Tip 124 ["The Bath That Keeps on Giving," Dec. 12], another way to cope with low humidity in hotel rooms is to dampen a couple of towels in the bathroom in the evening so that evaporation will make the room more comfortable (don't forget to leave the bathroom door open). Leave water in water glasses at all times for the same reason.

Mary L. Friberg


ANOTHER SOLUTION is to take the ice bucket provided in your room, fill it with water and place it near the heater. A rag hanging over the side will help pull the moisture out and into the air circulation. The works much more effectively than the tub, which is usually on the opposite side of the room from the heater. You can really tell the difference in the morning.

Sharon Presley


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