Steven A. Glaser embarked on a relabeling mission, a favorite tactic of those opposed to private firearms ownership {"The Right to Regulate Guns," letters, Nov. 17}. One may call a rose by another name, but it will still look and smell the same. To save space I'll suggest that interested parties may look up "regulated" and "militia" in any good dictionary to discover the fault of Glaser's reasoning.

But Glaser did propose something I found interesting -- the idea of requiring U.S. military or National Guard service as a prerequisite to exercising one's constitutional rights under the Second Amendment. Maybe Glaser also has some ideas about what government agencies we must serve to exercise our other constitutional rights -- perhaps two years in the Justice Department to ensure Fifth Amendment coverage. And with whom do we pull a tour to ensure our individual protection under the Fourth Amendment's search and seizure provisions? -- Peter H. Gookins False Figuring

The Nov. 12 editorial "Florida's Vote on Handgun Sales" contained a glaring untruth. It stated that "every single day -- another 60 Americans will die in handgun fire." If this were correct, we'd have 21,900 handgun related murders each year. The FBI reported 21,500 murders nationwide in 1989, only 9,013 of them handgun-related. Thus the rate is closer to 25 handgun-related murders per day -- less than half of your imaginary rate.

-- Eric Pansewicz Mounts and Misspellings

I was surprised to learn that James Baker III addressed the 1st Calvary Division in Saudi Arabia {news story, Nov. 15}.

Is this a secret division on its way to or from a hill outside Jerusalem?

How do they travel -- in airplanes, on foot? Or on horses or armored vehicles, in which case they would be cavalry? -- Edmund Russell Pollution and Parasites

As an environmental professional, I was pleased to see the comic hero of conservationists, "Mark Trail," focusing on water pollution {Nov. 15}.

Having said that, would you contact "Mark Trail" creators Dodd and Elrod and tell them that amoebic dysentery is caused by a parasite, Entamoeba histolytica, which occurs naturally in water bodies, and that water pollution caused by chemicals has nothing to do with the illness.

The parasite, which the governor's son and the other boy probably swallowed when they fell in the water, is controlled by drinking water treated through processes like chlorination and sand filtration.

If the water described in the comic strip were polluted by "dangerous" chemicals, it might have caused the boys to become sick, but not from amoebic dysentery. In fact, chemically polluted water may very well kill the parasite that causes dysentery. -- Donald V. Feliciano All Over My MTV

The Nov. 16 front-page story on top pop duo "Milli Vanilli" was a little late. At least a month ago I saw a story on Music Television that talked about the possibility that Milli Vanilli hadn't sung on their own record. Milli Vanilli lip-syncing while their audio failed also was broadcast on public television long ago. If a kid can find out about something more than a month before a big newspaper like yours, that's sad. Adults should broaden their minds and expose themselves to other parts of our culture instead of limiting themselves to what they deem mature.

-- Ken Tanabe Take Early Retirement

Jeane Kirkpatrick's prescription for destroying the military power of Saddam Hussein -- in which Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab nations will be involved in a ground offensive while U.S. forces provide only air support and strategic bombing -- was ludicrous {op-ed, Nov. 12}.

Bush had to bribe Egypt with forgiveness of $7 billion in debts in order for it to send two troop divisions (only one of which had arrived at last report) to Saudi Arabia. The price for the participation of Syria and other Arab and Western countries has yet to be revealed. It isn't even clear whether the Saudis will allow offensive action from their bases much less involve their own troops.

Kirkpatrick's thesis has zero credibility. Perhaps it is time she was retired as an expert in such matters.

-- Charles F. Roberts Gobbledygook

If the Spanish word for turkey is "Peru," as claimed in a Nov. 18 Food story, then readers should be advised that a jumbo strain of pavo is being developed in that country named "Stevenius Raichlenica" after the article's author. -- J. Michael P. Wood