As a native Bostonian who has followed the career of Gov. Michael Dukakis, even before the days of the no-fault insurance bill, I found the June 29 article on his presidential ambitions a generally accurate presentation. As a black woman, however, I think that one important facet of the governor's record was overlooked. His long-standing excellent relations with minority communities in the Bay State.
With the exception of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gov. Dukakis has been the most responsive of all the declared candidates to minority aspirations. His record number of minority appointments at every level of state government is unprecedented in the history of the commonwealth, as is his support of issues of importance to blacks, ranging from condemnation of South Africa to support of Roxbury Community College. The latter was a local issue of considerable emotional significance. It was during Gov. Dukakis' first administration that the decision was made to move the predominantly minority student body from a dilapidated former nursing home -- a site which previous governors had chosen -- onto a new campus. It was not until the second Dukakis administration that the plans to construct the campus were revived, and construction is now nearly completed.
Equally important, from the days of his first administration, the governor has appointed minorities to more than token slots, and in unprecedented numbers. I know. I was one of them in 1976. For the first time in the history of the commonwealth, blacks can aspire to all positions in state government, as can Hispanics, Asians and women. HAZEL M. McFERSON Silver Spring