I quite agree with The Post editorial and reader comments opposing the notion that the District should underwrite the construction of a new stadium for the Redskins.

The timing of Jack Kent Cooke's demands -- on the heels of the excitement of the Redskins' deservedly popular success -- is no accident. If the District does not pay the ransom demanded, the hapless fans will never see the champion Washington Redskins again. (They might see the Vienna or the Bowie Redskins but not the Washington Redskins.)

I suppose it is naive to think that before taking the District hostage to his demands Mr. Cooke might have wondered whether the many millions of dollars involved would be better spent to meet the many crucial human physical needs of the city.

If any project of the general sort represented by the stadium could be carried out by the District, I can think of no better one than the long-term planning required to compete for designation as host city for a future summer Olympics.

Such an idea, which would serve needs and dreams well beyond those of a single entrepreneur, might be totally impractical. But it would sure beat the whimsy that the fattening by the District of Mr. Cooke's bank account and ego should have any priority at all.

BAYARD H. MORRISON III

Gaithersburg