Your recent articles discussing the travels of Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole leave important questions unanswered:

Why is The Post gunning for Secretary Dole?

Was it a somewhat random selection? A matter of going for maximum impact, much the way the UAW selects strike targets? Or does The Post actually believe that the travel itinerary of a Cabinet member and spouse of a soon-to-be presidential candidate requires more public scrutiny than the travel itineraries of the would-be (perhaps shall-be) presidents employed as vice president, Senate minority leader, governor, etc.?

The Post found no wrongdoing (in fact, it records that Sen. Dole's campaign pays for all of Secretary Dole's political activities) and documents travel scheduling and financing practices very like those of all politicians. The only story here is that The Post did a story. One can't help wondering what it is about Elizabeth Dole that caught The Post's interest. Is she too charming, too powerful or too female for The Post's taste?

Why (as last Saturday's article intimates) is Elizabeth Dole planning to resign as secretary of transportation?

Why in the name of all that is right, holy, feminist and progressive would she leave the Cabinet to help her husband's career? Those of us who admire her abilities and achievements would be disappointed if she found it impossible to continue as secretary of transportation.

Attitudes like The Post's may be the root of this problem, but leaving the Cabinet is surely not the solution. -- Suzanne Murrin

By the same logic, why not run a page-one article under the headline: "With White House in Shambles, George Bush Takes to the Road"? With so many challenges facing the administration, I was surprised you didn't take the same negative questioning approach in describing the vice president's campaign activities on page 12 {Sept. 5}. Actually, the Bush article was fair -- the Dole article was not.

To be fair, you should have compared her campaign activities with specific instances of lack of leadership or noted that many senators, governors or other public officials routinely make campaign travels while in office.

That a public official cannot spend her own time as she sees fit without such allegations being thrown about is another example of how our drawn-out campaigns lead editors and reporters to "create" stories. -- Dale Curtis