I am not at all persuaded by Harvey M. Meyerhoff's arguments for locating the Holocaust Museum on the Mall {Free for All, July 18}. That is a special place that should be reserved for showing what America has done best. If visitors to Washington must have a reminder of the capacity of government to admit its errors, then a museum of our treatment of the American Indian would be much more appropriate and useful.

-- Michael A. Brown

A Newsworthy Event

Is The Post deliberately keeping its head in the sand regarding significant events in the women's movement?

I had to look hard to find the small article on a back page to get any information about the National Organization for Women Conference in Philadelphia July 16-19. I almost missed it!

To call attention to the omission of women from the Constitution, feminist runners carried the Torch for Equality 153 miles from Washington to Philadelphia and presented it to the head of the congressional delegation commemorating our bicentennial, potential presidential candidate Rep. Pat Schroeder gave a rousing address to NOW members, and a grandmother in her seventies, longtime feminist activist and NOW political director Molly Yard was elected president of the largest, oldest feminist organization in the world.

Why wasn't this exciting, newsworthy event given better coverage in your paper? -- Betty Feldmann Cruel Joke

Somebody needs to remind reporter Stephanie Mansfield that, simply by virtue of writing a fluff piece in Style, she is not exempt from adhering to journalistic standards of responsibility. Her story on the hairstyles of the Iran-contra hearing witnesses {"A Good Look: Shear Excitement for the Hearing," July 13}, included the most outrageously insensitive remark I've ever read in The Post, or any other newspaper shy of the National Enquirer.

To suggest that Steve McQueen is out of the running for the cinematic role of Ollie North because Mr. McQueen is ''on location elsewhere'' strikes me as a cruel joke at the expense of the late Mr. McQueen's family. That it made it into print is evidence that not only Mansfield but the Style section editor owes an apology to Mr. McQueen's survivors and to Post readers.

-- Scott D. Grabo Subtle Racism

This letter is to express my concern regarding The Post's inclusion of Meyer's cartoon depicting the southern affiliation of the Democratic presidential hopefuls in Drawing Board July 18. In it, each of the white candidates is identified by his last name while the one black candidate is labeled "Jesse."

It is one of the continuing subtle, almost innocuous, examples of racism in our society that subliminally reinforce the acceptance of blacks as being subordinate to their white counterparts. In the long run, this is far more dangerous than the overt expressions of racial bigotry for which it is so easy to disclaim responsibility.

-- Christina G. Weaver The Lead News of the Day?

The emphasis given Mayor Barry's failure to appear for a live radio program was totally inappropriate. Why does a missed appointment warrant front-page coverage? The host of the program, Cathy Hughes, certainly had reason to be upset for the mixed signals, but her disappointment was hardly the lead news of the day.

One can only wonder whether The Post's well-publicized problems and ultimate resolution with Hughes over its own Sunday magazine have unfortunately affected both the manner and method of its reporting on the mayor. -- James H. Rowe Not Coeds

I was offended at William Raspberry's reference {op-ed, July 20} to female college students as "coeds." Besides being confusing (don't men also attend coed institutions?), it is an archaic term that does not take women seriously as students.

There are men who are students and there are women who are students. Let's drop the "coed." -- Sue Monahan 'Insulting and Offensive'

I find Brock Yates' article "Five Perfectly Awful Cities to Drive In" {magazine, July 12} highly offensive to Third World diplomats in the United States.

The reference in the article to "several thousand Mercedes Benzes with diplomatic plates piloted by Third World drivers who park anywhere they please, drive on the wrong side of the road and sacrifice goats in the back seat" is what I find insulting and offensive.

Although I realize that this article was meant to be a humorous exaggeration, it is still extremely insulting. We must draw a line somewhere between humor and insult.

After reading the article, I began to wonder just how many Third World diplomats the writer has met and how he could come up with such a gross generalization. He is enforcing an ignorant, stereotypical view of these diplomats. -- M. S. van Lare