The Post's assertion [editorial, Oct. 20] that Kenneth Starr "should be remembered as a man who . . . managed to perform a significant public service" is a woefully wrong judgment.

The "services" of Mr. Starr and his office cost the American public about $30,000 a day -- while he continued his private law practice. His claim that continuing his practice "did not affect the efficiency of the [independent counsel's] office" is hard to accept. With the exception of Superman, no person I know can simultaneously perform two full-time jobs successfully.

Further, despite pious declarations from Mr. Starr that he "was seeking to get the truth," his ideology sustained his pursuit of President Clinton for five years. The president engaged in disreputable conduct. However, the fact that Mr. Starr was permitted to spend the obscene amount of more than $40 million in taxpayer money is equally reprehensible.

Earlier this year, Congress decided not to extend the independent counsel statute. Even so, Mr. Starr has been allowed to appoint a successor to continue his pursuit of the president, Mrs. Clinton, their friends and business associates. The Post's tacit support of this "service" being rendered to America by Mr. Starr is shameful.

RODNEY O. FREEMAN

Alexandria