This column regarding potential aspirants for the forthcoming presidential election gives me much enlightenment. The last line, "Worse than losing would be to sleep as history passes by," brings to mind a verse by John Greenleaf Whittier: "Better with naked nerve to bear/ The needles of this goading air,/ Than, in the lap of sensual ease, forego/ The Godlike power to do, the Godlike aim to know."Abe Kreutzer, Stroudsburg, Pa. Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.