For years I have read about D.C. homicides to the point of boredom, but I was overwhelmed by reports of violence in the Nov. 28 Post.

I read about a young mother murdered while on her way home with her two children {front page}, a teenage woman shot and killed by someone playing with a gun {Metro} and a man nearly killed by four budding felons who wanted his place at the pay phone {op-ed}.

These are more than just stories in a newspaper; these are atrocities that bludgeon our souls. Think about it for a moment: there are people here, and more than just a few, whose lives are so chaotic that they will kill you just as soon as look at you. It is astounding. Washington's social problems are woven into a somber shroud that obscures from view the value of life.

Washington needs a summit, a lengthy meeting of leaders and others committed to more than just hyperbole, and who are dedicated instead to the creation of programs and legislation that will move our pathetic reality in another direction. Mayor-elect Sharon Pratt Dixon should make such a summit her first order of business. MARTIN A. SECREST Washington

I am outraged at the appalling actions of this city's residents. People do not regard life as anything special.

The front-page article about Clarine Collier-Wilson's senseless, demoniacal murder, which was witnessed by her two daughters, one too young to understand, the other experiencing her father's mysterious death a year before, enraged me. It happened basically in my neighborhood.

The police are not to blame; it's the people of this city. Every one of us is to blame. Until we take life seriously, care for each other and try to solve problems collectively, these tragic murders, harming far more than just the direct victim, shall continue. SEAN P. HALL Washington