EDITOR'S NOTE: These letters represent many of the best received by The Times in 1987, and reflect the leading issues and events discussed in Viewpoint during that period.
Scott Ostler says that the Los Angeles Marathon drew 1.4 million spectators. Allowing 18 inches per spectator, they would have had to be lined up 7 1/2 deep on both sides of the street for 26.2 miles.
1.4 million? More like 400,000.
ROBERT L. PIERCE