Your editorial "Odorless Garlic?" {Nov. 28} describes means for exercising kind consideration for others. Would it not be appropriate for your publication to demonstrate a similar form of thoughtfulness by cleaning up its act? Specifically, I refer to the disgusting effects (filthy hands, besmirched tablecloths and garments, and streaming eyes and nose) brought on when physical contact is made with your newspaper and its smearing ink.

Those undesirable consequences (imposed just by handling the newspaper having the largest circulation in the nation's capital) are not necessary. There are techniques to eliminate such distastefulness and help you to serve your readers more responsibly.

-- Desmond Bond Tasteless This letter is in reference to the supposed comic "Crock" of Nov. 25. As you may recall, the "punch line" was: "Posing as Little Sisters of the Poor might be up for debate at this point." This comic was not in poor taste; no taste was exercised in running it.

The work of the Little Sisters of the Poor is such that no defense is necessary. Everywhere that the sisters minister, including their home here in Washington, there is always comment on their phenomenal work. And to use that particular Catholic religious community in such a way does not reflect poorly on them. Rather, it reflects on those who would consider it "humorous" or even worthy of being printed.

That The Post owes the Little Sisters of the Poor a public apology for running the comic is not the question. Whether it will, is.

-- Rev. Gregory Salomone Pilgrims, not Puritans Now there you go again! In your Thanksgiving editorial you rightly state your admiration for the creators of the Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth. Then, in your last sentence, you call them Puritans. They were not Puritans; they were Pilgrims. The Puritans arrived in Massachusetts several years after the first Thanksgiving. -- John R. Hall 'Zippy,' Stripped The only thing The Post prints that is funnier than "Zippy" is the occasional letter from an angry comics reader who doesn't understand "Zippy" and demands that the strip be dropped. Please keep those letters coming.

But The Post is partly to blame for Zippy's obtuseness. By stripping Bill Griffith's daily title off each strip, you are often depriving the strip's readers of its punch line. Having long been aware of The Post's penchant for mutilating comic strips, I have little hope that you would ever give your readers "Zippy" complete, but could you give them a toll-free phone number to call to learn the title of each day's strip?

-- Samuel E. Wilschke That's Baltic, Not Balkan Under "Corrections" {Nov. 21}, The Post informs us that Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze is Georgian, not Russian, as had been written in a headline on Nov. 20. However, to date, no corrections have been printed regarding two egregious errors printed in The Post Nov. 19.

In an article about British spy Kim Philby, The Post twice misidentified Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as "Balkan" instead of "Baltic" countries. Even worse, in reporting on massive Soviet disruption and repression of Latvian demonstrations, foreign correspondent Gary Lee claims that Latvia was "declared a free autonomous region on Nov. 18, 1918."

It is a historical fact that all three Baltic nations fought for and achieved full independence as sovereign nations. The Soviet Union renounced "for all time" any claim to the Baltic republics. During the period of independence, Estonian, Latvia and Lithuania not only thrived economically, but were also signatories to a host of international treaties and accords as well as full-fledged members of the League of Nations and other international organizations.

That these three parliamentary democracies have been illegally and militarily occupied and colonized by the Soviet Union for more than 40 years does not nullify their former independence, nor does it mean that their quest for restoration of freedom and self-determination has ended.

-- Mari-Ann Rikken The writer is vice president of Estonian American National Council, Inc.