It was particularly gratifying to read the sentiments expressed by Judy Mann in "Where Are the Healers?" {Metro, July 4}.

I, too, have been wondering when some thought would be given to the many constituents of Marion Barry who have been subjected to such a dizzying ride on an emotional roller coaster almost daily, and who have been emotionally bruised and battered by his callous behavior and betrayal of their trust.

I believe that some of the prominent ministers who are always in the media could retreat to their respective church rectories and try to prepare some thoughts or counsel that would help assuage the intense feelings of desolation that are being experienced by many Washingtonians. The ministers could best serve by trying to uplift the spirits of these citizens and help them through this terrible period instead of using their access to the media to render vituperative slogans, chants and statements against the judge and his courtroom. VIVIENNE S. SHORTER Washington

It is truly disheartening that those who allegedly deplore racism have been the first to invoke it during the trial of Marion Barry. Bishop George Stallings states that the mayor "is in trouble now because he is too smart, too intelligent and too black" {Metro, July 2}, and Jesse Jackson fosters the notion that it is the ways of our government that threaten our community. Finally, Louis Farrakhan offers as the reason for Mayor Barry's downfall the "wicked ways" of the government.

These three men have perverted the true issue in the whole Barry episode and have wasted an opportunity to save a great number of children from the pitfalls of drug use. Instead, they have self-servingly fueled the fires of racism and in the process ensured that many more people will have to learn firsthand the painful and often fatal lessons that drugs have to teach.