John Burke of Towson took issue with the policy of instituting women only swim times at pools in Columbia ("Female-only swim sessions go too far to accommodate Muslims," Nov. 17). Unfortunately Mr. Burke is not familiar with Columbia and the role of the Columbia Association. Pools in Columbia are not public pools. They are owned and maintained by the Columbia Association, which operates recreational and community facilities in Columbia. Homeowners and residents of Columbia pay annual fees to be members of the Columbia Association and entitled to use the facilities maintained by CA. It is wholly within the authority of the association to set rules setting aside times and areas of those facilities to be used only by certain groups.