Rev. William L. Walsh, Mary B. Dwyer and William E. Fenton Jr. have attacked Alexandria Mayor James P. Moran Jr. for trying to censor their minority opinion on a school-based health clinic {Close to Home, Aug. 23}. This attack was unfair.

First, the suggestion that Moran "hand-picked members of the task force" is inaccurate. It is a matter of public record that 24 members were appointed by the city council (including the three authors), and 14 members were appointed by the school board.

Second, Moran was accused of attempting to censor the views of the five task-force members who signed the minority report by selecting a committee made up of only supporters of the majority opinion to write a summary of the task-force recommendation. This allegation is simply unsubstantiated.

At the June 11 task-force meeting, after a lengthy discussion about how to disseminate the results of the task-force deliberations, it was the consensus of the members present that a summary be prepared by an ad hoc committee. Moran asked for volunteers to prepare the summary. There were three: Patrick Welsh (English teacher at T. C. Williams High School), Candy Ramelli (family life teacher at T. C. Williams) and me (the only student on the task force). The ad hoc committee is still in the process of preparing this summary, which will be presented to the entire task force for approval some time this fall. It is puzzling how Walsh, Dwyer and Fenton can accuse the ad hoc committee of censoring the minority view before the summary has been drafted and submitted to the task force for approval. It is even more puzzling how Moran can be accused of censoring the minority view of the task force, since 1) the minority report was officially accepted by the task force and is available for anyone interested in reading it, and 2) the mayor is not involved in the writing of the task force summary.

I would encourage Alexandrians to read both the majority and minority reports. It is my view that under the effective leadership of the mayor, the task force has acted responsibly and conscientiously. I am confident that most Alexandrians, when presented with all of the facts, will concur with the majority opinion. While clearly there are differing points of view, it is a fact that the vast majority of the task force, a broad-based committee, determined that a school-based clinic, though not the entire solution to the health problems of Alexandria adolescents, would make a significant contribution to alleviating many of those health problems. -- Gina Lasasso is a senior at T. C. Williams High School.