ead the short, but precise, article by Michael Balonek (Empire, Feb. 28) on the Web. Someone has to speak out for the many young people who are being destroyed by these futile tests. Our generation (boomers) is doing a wonderful job of hurting kids and creating large class barriers. To all those of us who spoke out about our parent' prejudice and racism - at least it was out in the open. It was something that could be seen and attacked. Our prejudice and racism is sneaky and devious. Right on, Michael Balonek. We're proud of you!