Please spare us any more hard-luck stories about what a tough break it is for some reservists (students this time) who get the call {news story, Dec. 22}. Weekend warriors aren't drafted -- they volunteer. They draw pay. Why not let it go at that?

-- Jack Crawford Mistaken Identity

An article in your Dec. 9 edition said that Larry EchoHawk, the newly elected attorney general of Idaho, is the first Native American ever to be elected to a state attorney general's office.

However, Attorney General Hal Stratton, a Republican who was elected to the Office of the Attorney General in the State of New Mexico in 1986 (and the first Republican to be elected to that post since 1928), is an enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe of Oklahoma. -- Randall W. Childress

The writer is deputy attorney general of New Mexico. Sexist Strip

In the Dec. 20 edition of your paper, I noticed a comic strip that I usually do not read, "Mark Trail." I hope that blatantly sexist strip was not representative of the usual "Mark Trail" content.

The strip depicted the nature of women as contradictory to the nature of the business world. To be a "true woman" would mean being less of a business person. The man in the strip is shown venting his anger in a violent manner because the woman is not "being a woman."

This may seem a trivial forum in which to express my concern about sexism in the press. However, most sexism, as well as racism and ageism, is subtly institutionalized, although no less harmfully, in most aspects of the media. When an example of the outright sexism that we hoped was dead and buried is resurrected, it must be laid to rest again. -- Gregory C. Stanczak Extend Credit

Your Dec. 16 edition had a good example of the adage "good news doesn't sell newspapers." An eight-line article in the Around the Nation section reported that the Pioneer 6 spacecraft celebrated its 25th anniversary orbiting the sun, sending back data about solar winds, a tremendous achievement for a spacecraft with an original life expectancy of six months.

If this had been a NASA failure, I am sure it would have been on the front page. How about giving more credit where more credit is due?

-- Norman Draper Initial Error

In his Sports Wave column {Dec. 18}, Leonard Shapiro mistakenly identifies the initial abbreviations UNLV, CBS and NCAA as acronyms.

My dictionary defines an acronym as "a word formed from the initial letters of each of the parts or the major parts of a compound term." Presumably the word would be pronounceable (MADD and AIDS, for example).

Certainly the University of Nevada at Las Vegas is not commonly referred to as "UNLOVE" anymore than Columbia Broadcasting is "SIBIS" or the National Collegiate Athletic Association is "UNCAW."

-- Jack V. Harvey Petty Grievances

What was so dreadful about Joe Queenan's experiences in France {op-ed, Dec. 23}?

Lights and phones went dead in a "mild" electrical storm? Queenan should come out to Bethesda the next time he hears thunder.

No refund when somebody sat in his reserved train seat? Has he ever taken Amtrak?

An imperfect cassette deck in a rented car? I could tell him about a rental car in Florida.

Outraged when somebody flicked cigarette ashes into the water? It's happened to me so often I've lost count.

Sure I've run into some irritating experiences in France as I have elsewhere. But more important, I've met wonderful people, dined at memorable banquets, driven through superb scenery and had great adventures in big cities and small towns.

Queenan should try to suppress his tittering about finding a French wedding party actually drinking wine coolers. Mon Dieu! Quelle horreur! If he joined the party, he might be surprised how much he'd enjoy his visits. -- Paul S. Green Red Light, Green Light

Arlene Allen's article "Pedestrian Safety, at the Crossroads" {Close to Home, Dec. 16} was correct with one glaring exception. She wrote that right-on-red is dangerous to pedestrians; on the contrary, it promotes their safety.

If cars cannot turn right on red, they accumulate and are forced to turn into the path of crossing pedestrians. Further, while turning on green, they do not have to come to a stop.

If, on the other hand, they can turn right on red, they unclog traffic and improve pedestrian flow as well. And they must come to a stop before turning, which is a safer situation for pedestrians.

-- Emilio B. Labrada