I take strong exception to the claim made in "Growth Gets Mixed Signals Here -- Stop for Fairfax, Go for Montgomery" {Metro, Nov. 5}. The voters of Montgomery County have sent signals surprisingly similar to those of Fairfax County; the problem is that the Montgomery County Council chose to ignore them.

At every opportunity for citizen expression on the question of developing Silver Spring, the forces favoring controlled, reasonable growth have been overwhelmingly in the majority. Faced with indifference from their elected officials, many of these citizens mounted a formidable grass-roots effort to make their point. The 4-3 county council vote in favor of massive development in Silver Spring was a setback for those citizen forces. But no one should doubt how the voters feel: instead of a contrast with the situation in Silver Spring, Jack Herrity's rout in Fairfax should be read as a portent of Montgomery County Executive Sidney Kramer's fate.

Long before developer Lloyd Moore buries Silver Spring in mountains of concrete -- if his egregious plans survive legal and political challenges sure to come -- Mr. Kramer and his colleagues on the council, principally president Rose Crenca, will learn how the voters feel.

I look forward to The Post headline proclaiming, "Kramer, Crenca Turned Out by Opponents of Uncontrolled Growth." At that time, Mssrs. Kramer and Herrity can join forces and begin paving over Prince William County or some other locale unfortunate enough to be dominated by trees or people-scaled shopping areas.

MICHAEL R. VERNETTI Silver Spring