When will it end? When will we get some valid information? Why are we always left hanging? Who can tell us what is going on? And why can't they catch this sniper?

Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose tells us very little, and the things he says are unclear and unspecific. As a former Maryland resident, it makes me ill at ease to listen to Chief Moose field questions from reporters and not explain the movements of his police department. Why can't he seek help from area residents? Is he afraid of losing face? That's long gone.

I have several relatives who live in the Washington area, including my daughter. We are all scared and we need better information. Please tell us what we can do to help find this killer.

ALAN McCARRON

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.

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How many more innocent victims will have to be murdered before The Post calls for the FBI to take the lead in the hunt for the sniper?

These shootings encompass five counties in two states and the District of Columbia. The manhunt involves law enforcement agencies from all of those jurisdictions as well as the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Secret Service and the Defense Department. Clearly, Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose has not effectively managed the investigation. Leaving him in charge leaves the community in peril.

Enough is enough.

LeROY G. GOLDMAN

Gaithersburg

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I am confused as to why the reward fund in the sniper shootings has been capped at $500,000 when the damage done by these shootings has far eclipsed that figure.

The thousands of law enforcement hours, lost wages by hourly employees, lost hours of salaried employees stuck in dragnets and the revenue lost to retailers adds up to a figure that likely is well into the tens of millions. Of course, this does not include the loss of the sense of safety that people in the region normally enjoy.

Although I am not convinced that more money would necessarily catch the killer, any legal means that could end this situation should not be restricted.

STEPHEN ANSON

Washington

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I applaud the Defense Department's decision to authorize the use of Army intelligence to assist local and federal law enforcement in their search for the Washington sniper ["Military Aircraft With Detection Gear to Augment Police," front page, Oct. 16].

Although it is true that federal law generally prohibits the use of the military to assist civilian law enforcement under certain circumstances, there is absolutely no reason why this region, its law enforcement agencies and its citizens should not benefit from the assistance of the military -- or any other non-law-enforcement resource. The events in the Washington area over the past few weeks have demonstrated that no one person, group or class of individuals, regardless of what preventive measures are taken, is safe from these attacks.

As in the war on terror, we need to do whatever it takes to rid society of this threat.

CHRISTOPHER P. D'ANTONIO

Washington

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Washington area law enforcement agencies need to do more to catch this cowardly terrorist killer. The police cannot just hope for a break in the case. They need a game plan that has only one possible conclusion: the arrest of the sniper.

The police should organize and train residents to watch for and report any suspicious activities or behaviors. Tens of thousands of people could volunteer to watch parks, streets and other areas the shooter might stalk from.

ROD HUG

Santa Rosa, Calif.