Your report on electronic populism hits the bull's-eye: contemporary communications systems too easily accommodate everybody's reactions to everything [Jan. 23]. Senators cite percen tages gleaned from phone and fax communications from the citizenry to prop up their points. The media don't help with their frequent telephone polls. It is high time we give our representatives some breathing space to legislate without constant reference to the whimsy of the popular opinions of the moment. Even if 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still considered a foolish thing.

David M. Powers Briarcliff Manor, New York

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