Randi Korn and J. Daniel Rogers {letters, Oct. 21} justify taxpayer funding of recreational facilities such as parks and museums by claiming that all Americans use these facilities.

Their analysis belies the fact that today very few people in this country who make $10,000, or even $20,000, a year can afford to travel with their families to Washington to visit the National Gallery of Art or to California to commune with nature in Yosemite.

Perhaps with massive tax and spending cuts and a strengthened free market economy more American would be able to afford to share in these so-called "American treasures." But until then, the average taxpayer should not have to pay for vacation facilities that they cannot afford to use. KATHLEEN J. RICHMAN Woodbridge I'm tired of the special-interest pleading of the upper middle class, who want the over-burdened taxpayer to pay for their amenities and recreational pastimes.

The letter of Randi Korn and J. Daniel Rogers advocating financing parks and museums solely from tax revenues was a perfect example of such arrogance.

The people who go to museums like the Smithsonian and national parks like Yellowstone are wealthier than the average taxpayer. Shouldn't wealthier people pay for their own leisure activities instead of whining that their recreation is in the national interest and that therefore every taxpayer should have to subsidize them? WILLIAM REDPATH Herndon