I must say I couldn't disagree more with the notion that the people of Prince George's County are pro-growth {"Prince George's: Land Rush Is On in Area's Last Frontier," Metro, May 24}. Maybe our eminent county executive and some of his cronies are pro-growth, but they sure don't listen to the people who pay their salaries -- the taxpayers of this county.

I would like to extend a personal invitation to anyone to come out here and see the sheer stupidity of what the county has allowed to occur in our own back yards. There are no requirements by the county for a buffer zone of any kind to try to shield the residential community that surrounds this commercial development on three sides. The whole situation is so preposterous that it is difficult to comprehend; yet it was done with the approving nod of some of our elected officials. We are paying them to allow this kind of thing to happen to us.

I think, more than anything else, it is this residential-taxpayers-be-damned attitude that is the hardest for me to take. Where are our rights? It appears to me that this country is free only if you have enough money to buy the right people. I guess the ordinary taxpayers in Prince George's can forget coming home to any semblance of serenity so long as our elected officials are pushing for these fancy new office complexes and industrial parks without regard or thought given to the overall impact on the residential communities. Surely there is a sensible way to approach this greedy "land rush" other than with frenzied hysteria, but so far the county has shown nothing but disregard for the hard-working people who live here.



There is no way Eugene Meyer could spend years covering Prince George's County news without knowing that citizens' groups all over the county are up in arms over development in their neighborhoods, both old and new. No matter how hard The Post tries to cover it up, hundreds of people are turning out against development -- Bowie Race Track, Glenn Dale shopping centers, Maryvale-Osborne, east Clinton warehouses, just to name a few recent ones. Lawsuits were filed against The Post's beloved PortAmerica and Konterra.

So why the malarkey about "little impact on long- term residents . . ."? Many are just moving away. Voting for bonds to improve roads was no welcome for developers. This was the voters' way of saying, "Our roads are clogged, and we want relief -- not more development."