IT'S BEEN a losing proposition trying to police ticket-selling outside the ball parks.

There are two types of sellers. First are those with extra tickets because someone is not attending the game. They should not be regulated.

The others are people trying to make a killing with a group of tickets. They provide tickets at a premium for those willing to pay the price. They are often stuck because the market is swamped, and you can find useful bargains.

The second group should pay a premium (say $10) to get a PIN authorizing them to sell tickets on a given day. The money should go to the city, which can use it, and an economic function endemic to capitalist society can take place without harassment.

Walter J. Gershenfeld

Philadelphia

Bumpy Pa.

We took a wonderful bus trip to Washington. It was very nice riding around D.C., taking in the sights as they prepared for Memorial Day.

We covered Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, as well as the D.C. area.

The only drawback: The roads in Pennsylvania were so bumpy that the bus was jolted and swayed. As soon as we left Pennsylvania, everything was smooth: the roads, the expansion joints on bridges, etc.

At the end of the day, in total darkness, we were able to determine exactly when we entered Pennsylvania - bumps and bounces woke up all the sleepers. No doubt, we were back in the Keystone State.

It reminded me of a time in 1964 when I drove from L.A. to Philadelphia, and hit my first pothole at the same time I saw a sign that said, "Welcome to Pennsylvania." Forty-five years, with absolutely no improvement to our highways!

Kinda makes you wonder where our fuel-tax dollars are going. Probably into well-lined pockets, and not on highway improvements.

William Palmer

Philadelphia