Your Labor Day editorial {"Summer Jobs . . . and a Bit More"}, dealing with the mayor's successful summer jobs program, contained a parenthetical thought to which I must take strong exception:". . . some youths were again assigned the none-too-character-building task of counting cars at certain intersections." If there is a lack of character building in this task it has escaped me.

On the day following your editorial I found my husband, who holds three advanced degrees and runs a successful one-man transportation consulting firm, out before 6 a.m. to do his own "counting of cars." When I asked him why he insists upon doing this "none-too-character-building task" himself, he told me that only by being on site to see for himself exactly what subtle changes and activities go on at that particular intersection can he truly arrive at an informed decision regarding traffic movements that may affect the safety and welfare of all who use those roads.

The implication that some jobs just don't rank up there with those worth doing lies at the heart of many people's attitudes regarding their work. Too many people think their jobs are beneath them because they fail to understand how each piece of a task contributes to the success of the entire project. Perhaps we need more, not fewer, tasks such as counting cars for young people so they may be taught how important they are to every task with which they are involved. Then they may take pride in doing the simple job well and can move on to the more challenging ones with assurance.

Jacqueline Z. Morris