For a long time I've thought that The Post treats ethnic-related matters as if the society were made up of only Anglo whites and blacks. Strengthening that belief was your decision to ignore the television broadcast of the 17th Annual Golden Eagle Awards on Sept. 19.

These awards are sponsored by Nosotros, an organization founded by Ricardo Montalban to further the interests of Hispanics in the entertainment field. The awards are given each year to persons and organizations (NBC being one of them) who have done the most to serve that objective.

Nowhere did The Post mention this event, either before or afterward. (Which probably underscores why Nosotros is needed.) But if the ceremony had been carried out by a non-Hispanic white or black organization, I'm certain you would have said something about it.

This omission did a disservice both to Hispanics in particular and to your readers in general. You denied them information that would have enabled them to decide whether they wanted to watch a television event that they probably would have enjoyed.

Elias A. Padilla Bring Back 'Luann' I was hoping by now you would have gotten enough letters of complaint for you to have reinstated the "Luann" comic strip. Instead, you continue to run "Zippy" by Bill Griffith.

People read comics that are simple, to the point and familiar to them. "Luann" spoke to preteens, teen-agers and every one of us who has been there. That is as broad a base of appeal as there is!

By contrast, "Zippy" is wordy, irrelevant, inhumane and, at times, vulgar; one recent strip dealt with "pimps," in the street usage.

I find the comics a relaxing treat after a long day at work. I hope to soon find one of the best-written ones back in The Post again.

Jane Geuder A 'Home-Town' Story

Rev. Allan Boesak, the eminent South African anti-apartheid leader, addressed the national conference of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign in Washington Sept. 19. He spoke of the parallel condition of black South Africans and Palestinians as oppressed peoples in their respective lands. The PHRC conference also commemorated the massacre of Palestinians and Lebanese in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps five years ago. Two of the other speakers were Ben Alofs and Dr. Pauline Cutting, the Dutch nurse and British doctor who suffered through and survived the Bourj al Barajneh siege in 1987. Very newsworthy persons indeed.

I was angry to find not a word of coverage in The Post about these events and speakers.

The PHRC conference included representatives from the Jewish, Arab-American, black American and Asian American communities and from many Christian religious denominations. They presented panels on Peace and Human Rights Movements, Academic Freedom and the Palestine Question, Palestine and U.S. Churches and the challenge to the U.S. Congress. It was attended by about 400 persons.

You did, however, find space in the paper for comments from Johannesburg by a white South African government aide who says that "black African negativism" is delaying negotiations and draws a parallel to an "automatic negative syndrome" of Palestinians. There is no quotation or comment from anti-apartheid or Palestinian leaders about this story.

You had a deliberate choice about what to print and what not to print. So much for home-town coverage -- and balance and objectivity in The Washington Post.

Marietta Sharp Misspelled

I would have thought the principal newspaper of the world's capital city would know how to spell diplomatic ranks and country names correctly. That is, until I found "vice counsel" on Sept. 18 and "Equador" on Sept. 27 in your pages. Please tell your proofreaders all is forgiven and rehire them. In the interim, use vice consul and Ecuador.

Fred Donner Frostburg Is Not 'Grimy' I have no special interest in or opinion on what was supposed to be the primary subject of the article "Roll Over Noah" -- construction of an ark and its pastor {magazine, Sept. 6}. My objection is to Marc Fisher's reference to Frostburg as a "grimy mountain hamlet."

Frostburg is a beautiful and charming western Maryland mountain community of 7,500 people. It is the home of Frostburg State University. The streets are clean, the homes maintained and the people friendly. The town is thriving and will soon be served by a scenic railroad.

In keeping with the article's original theme, this is "testimony" to the spirit and fact that Frostburg is anything but grimy. During a recent water crisis, the citizens, businesses and institutions such as the university worked together in a way few places could emulate. Rain or shine, sleet or snow, Frostburg has been and remains a wonderful environment to visit, live in or send children to for four years of education. This is one reason that the enrollment at the university is increasing at such a high rate.

Fisher has done this community an injustice and his readership a disservice by his comments. It was not accurate, and it was not fair.

Al Feldstein