I am a mother, a past vice president of the Montgomery County Board of Education, a business woman and an enthusiastic transcendental meditator of 13 years.

I still find it hard to belive that anyone doubts the value of this technique {"Group Claims TM Movement Is a Cult," Style, July 2}. TM has proved of great personal value to me in coping with the stresses of life and in enjoying the good times as well. Since learning TM I have never been encouraged by the TM organization to change my beliefs or life style. If it were anything like a cult, I would never have introduced my daughters to it.

I would like to suggest that the next time The Post writes an article on Transcendental Meditation that it interview a few of the thousands of professionals in the Washington area who, like me, have found TM to be of immense practical value.

-- Suzanne Peyser AIDS: The Mythmakers . . . Nat Hentoff {op-ed, June 28} and several other columnists writing on AIDS in recent weeks have demonstrated brilliantly the myth-making power of the media. Columnists such as Hentoff, George Will, Charles Krauthammer and now Ellen Goodman have based their descriptions of the gay community's positions on AIDS policy issues, such as testing and contact tracing, on their own imaginations, and not upon reality. In so doing, they practice the worst kind of journalism -- coverage of partial truths and distortion.

Each columnist seems to agree on one thing: that gay groups are opposed to testing per se, any testing. This is not true. A clear consensus exists among public health officials and the gay community on the importance of expanded voluntary testing. The consensus is that testing should be routinely offered in a variety of settings, but that such routine testing should be seen as an adjunct to counseling and must be coupled with informed consent, and protections against discrimination and the violation of confidentiality.

It is interesting that in Henthoff's haste to have Americans line up to be tested, he not once uses the word "counseling" -- the only intervention available for those being tested. Testing for the sake of doing something seems attractive to many because there is no specific treatment for HIV infection and a great deal of fear. But it is naive to place hope in a process (testing) that has no demonstrated relationship to a goal (containing the spread of the virus).

By expanding voluntary testing, providing non-discrimination protections and finally launching a serious education program aimed at the mainstream community, we can have an enormous impact on the spread of the virus. Let us concentrate on these options and leave this petty backbiting behind. -- Jeffrey Levi The writer is executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. . . . And the Newsmakers As a participant in last Sunday's AIDS Research Walkathon, I was shocked to pick up Monday's issue of The Post only to find three paragraphs of coverage hidden on page B3.

On the same page, there is a three-column, 18 paragraph article entitled "Ice Cream Place Frozen in Time in Falls Church." Where are your priorities?

Three thousand people united to raise nearly $200,000 to fight this catastrophic disease; this deserves much more coverage than given by your publication.

-- Thomas J. McCabe Be Fair to Trucks A piece about the chain reaction pileup north of the Dulles Access Road {Metro, June 25} was grossly unfair to the trucking industry.

Reporters graphically described a blue station wagon as the apparent culprit. This is followed with the mention of a "UPS double-trailer truck" and its lack of blame for the accident and then, without further word about cause, they launch into the usual AAA spiel about trucks being involved in "more" accidents and needing "more" regulation.

I don't work for the trucking industry -- almost all of my 15 years in transportation safety has been for their rivals, the railroads -- but I am a motorist. I am interested in whether alcohol was a factor -- or did the Virginia State Police blow it on this one the way they seem to have on the earlier crash on the Wilson Bridge? I am interested in whether there was an equipment failure on the blue station wagon. I am not interested in cheap shots.

The Post can provide information with the bare bones about two traffic stories. Or The Post can add two more accidents, one coincidentally involving a truck, the other presumably a result of drunk driving, to the "horrible truck" statistics. Or The Post can inform by reporting a real cause for last week's mess and by following up on the failure of the Virginia State Police to nail down an alleged DWI accident on Tuesday. I buy a newspaper to be informed.

-- Thomas A. Phemister That Was a Guide to Cricket? After three days in Washington, I had almost made up my mind to subscribe to The Post's National Weekly edition, until I read the newspaper's report on cricket on Sunday.

The caption under the photo on page A25 states: "Two batsmen score a crossover." In fact only one batsman plays at a time, so only one may score a run, not a crossover. This term is not even a cricketing term.

Two pictures on page A30 show what is termed an "official." What is wrong with the word umpire, the correct term?

In the Cricket Guide on page A31, there are other inaccuracies: the oval, grassy field is the pitch; the 22-yard-long strip is the wicket. The wicket is also grass, cut shorter than the rest of the field.

Bowlers bowl (pitch) overs of six balls (pitches) each, alternately.

If a batsman is out on the sixth ball of the over, the bowler changes and the remaining batsman will receive the balls. If not the sixth ball, the new batsman will receive balls from the current bowler until the end of the over. -- Bob Purvis