I could not respect his compassionate objectivity, nor admire his literary craftsmanship, nor agree with Henry Mitchell's balanced observations more. Therefore, I am humbly aware of carping about an understandable error in his characterization of Hustler magazine {Style, Jan. 15}. It is incongruous to compare the stuff of Hustler to the stuff of pig wallows.

Contrary to popular and historical belief, pig wallows are not revolting, disgusting, filthy; they are porcine health spas. Pigs are remarkably clean animals. Highly intelligent, they recognize and know enough not to eat rotted parts of swill, and they do not roll in the muck for lascivious pleasure. Nor do they foul their mud baths with excrement. To the pig, wet mud is the No. 20 sunscreen and air conditioner, since pigs are subject to sunburn and do not perspire. Pigs know what they need to do to protect their hides and keep cool, and pig farmers know the importance of keeping mud areas wet on hot summer days. Sows teach their young to wallow.

Thus, to call the contents of Hustler the stuff of pig wallows is to imply that reading the magazine cools down hot human bloods. If arguably it does, then Henry Mitchell is correct in comparing. But then he muddies one point of his argument as well. Virginia Pauker A Liberal, Boiling Over

Is there anything to equal the fury of a white liberal boiling over with righteous indignation? Norman Chad's Sports Waves article {Jan. 18} confirms that there is not. Chad excoriates CBS for not offering more sacrifices to the liberal gods. He whines that CBS did not present Jimmy the Greek's full statement again on its program before the NFC conference game. He blasts Brent Musburger for not delivering a more complete condemnation of Snyder. He pouts that there may be more racist attitudes in the CBS sports department and demands a full investigation to ferret out the miscreants. And he wonders whether, God forbid, the Greek's betting line was influenced by his racist attitudes.

What would it take to satisfy Chad? Perhaps CBS could broadcast Snyder's statement every half-hour in case someone just got back from Siberia and missed it. Certainly nothing less than sworn affidavits from the staff of the CBS Sports department certifying correct thinking is in order. And while we're at it, why not have Musburger publicly heap abuse on Snyder, his friend and associate for more than 10 years.

Snyder's comments were indeed reprehensible. But what is more reprehensible are the attacks by the journalistic jackals who smell a "good" story. Matthew Gomez

It's Happening in Richmond

On Jan. 3, you ran a wonderful story about Sydney and Frances Lewis. However, the lead of this story just about negated the positive nature of the piece. Once again, The Post gets in a little dig about us "folks" down here in little ole provincial Richmond.

If this were the first time such a thing had occurred, I might overlook it. However, on top of such condescending remarks as referring to Richmond as a "steamy southern city" in a story about movie-making in Richmond several years ago, I believe The Post needs to reassess its dated views of the city. Richmond is certainly no steamier or sleepier in July than Washington is -- I know, having lived and worked in Washington -- nor is Richmond the stereotypical capital of the Confederacy any longer.

Perhaps it's time for The Post to send an unjaundiced reporter down here, way down south to Richmond, Virginny, to see what's really happening here, instead of relying upon tired, dated stereotypes. Karen V. N. Owen

News First, Analysis Later

Where's the story? Where's the lead? Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announces the lifting of the state of emergency in Nicaragua and direct peace talks with the Nicaraguan contras, and the cryptic Post headline {front page, Jan. 18} is: "Ortega Seen Facing Constraints to Fulfill Peace Plan Promises." Which promises? We find out not on the front page, but on page A18. We get the congressional viewpoint, the opinions of "a wide range of observers" and a review of Sunday's edition of "Meet the Press" before any description of the actual event -- Ortega's announcement -- which inspired the commentary.

Why not give us the news and then the analysis? The opinions of the opinion makers might offer some degree of relevance for readers when they've heard the story itself. Edward B. Hodgman

Everybody Else Covered It

The Post's failure Jan. 10 to mention the "funeral caravan" that wound through Washington protesting the atrocities by Israel in the occupied territories -- an action that all the other major media saw fit to cover -- substantiates the bias of the editorial policy in your local newsroom.

I sadly note that, while your international reporters are reevaluating their preconceptions of the oppression levied on the Palestinian people, your local coverage has not reached that stage of enlightenment. Attended by both Palestinians and Jews, as well as Afro-Americans, Latinos, native Americans and others from the spectrum of Washington's population was: 1) a candlelight vigil Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at Washington Cathedral -- more than 300 people; 2) a demonstration at which 13 women (including Jews) were arrested bringing roses to the Israeli Embassy -- more than 500 people; and 3) a motorcade which ended with a rally -- more than 300 in attendance.

Shape up, Post! Your prejudice has become too conspicuous. Luis Zapata