The Post's article on the recent hearing at Bowie High School {"Bypass Advocates, Opponents Trade Jabs," Metro, June 1} conceals the overwhelming opposition, remarkably evident at the hearing, to the proposed new developers' highway. The article starts with a misleading headline. If the boxing analogy is truly necessary, it would be far more accurate to say that highway proponents offered a few weak jabs and were answered with booming knockout punches. The article proceeds to reinforce the false impression of an evenly divided hearing room with several oddly weighted comments.

The article says the hearing "brought out a mixture of people on both sides of the bypass issue." In fact, there were 41 speakers against it and eight for it. Of course, the statement is technically correct, as it would be if there were 1,000 people against and one for.

Then the article reinforces the idea that no side dominated by quoting Maryland "highway chief" Hal Kassoff as saying: "What surprised me was the balance we heard." The writer could have easily found a highway opponent -- there were many more of them around -- who could have been quoted saying: "Highway proponents put up an even weaker show than we expected," or some other true statement, to balance Mr. Kassoff's ludicrous comment.

The article says the hearing became testy as the two sides traded shots. If shots were traded, it was five shots against to every shot for; if this is a "trade," then the developers have a real "balance of trade" problem. ALEX WINTER Bryans Road