An archaeologist in the late 25th century just might make the following judgment about our republic, should that individual rely on a content analysis of The Post:

After years of turbulence, debate and election contests, the reins of power were held in this nation's capital city by organizations under labels such as Whigs, Federalists, Republicans and Democrats. Ultimately, however, on the basis of the attention and reverence given to it, a small minority tribe -- the Redskins -- seems to have been the supreme ruler in this nation. Occasional dissent on this situation was so rare as to be statistically insignificant, and the rule of the Redskins, occasionally violent in its exercise, was cause for widespread joy, acquiescence and celebration among its subjects.

For the minority . . .


I'm writing to complain loudly and bitterly about the total unfairness of the Super Bowl ticket distribution. Once again the fans are getting the short end of the stick.

I am one of the staunchest of Redskin fans around and have had season tickets since 1957. I have never missed a minute of any game played in RFK. No matter how poor the team, how bad the weather, how dull or lopsided the game, I'm there from the kickoff to the final whistle. I've gone to Redskin games in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and even Dallas. And of course to all three Super Bowls. I cheered through the Dec. 11, 1960, loss to the Giants in a blizzard in Griffith Stadium (worst weather in Redskins' history).

Now, don't you agree that such loyalty at least deserves a Super Bowl ticket when they win? I sent my money in immediately for Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, but I wasn't selected. I had to take my chances on a bus tour where we didn't even know if we'd get tickets (more than half the fans didn't get them). Now once again I've been turned down and will be forced to scrounge around for tickets and pay scalpers' prices, or, worse still, miss going to the game completely.

Something is not right! What happens to all the tickets? I find it hard to believe that so many season ticket holders are actually going to San Diego. How many thousands of D.C.'s ticket allotments are given to special groups, friends, etc. before the drawing occurs? At the least, the Redskins organization should be above-board and tell us how, when and where these drawings take place, who draws, and whether it's on the public watch. Also, give us figures! How many fans sent money for how many tickets, how many tickets were allotted, and how many fans were turned down?

Please, let's find a way to let the deserving go (fans like myself), those who have supported the Skins through the worst over the years and who are now, when it's the best of times, left out in the cold. A drawing may seem fair, but in this age of computers, a system could be derived to distribute tickets more fairly.

ANN E. PARROTT Rockville