I was appalled to read the article on the Maryland open meetings law {Metro, Dec. 5}. Evidently The Post is not aware of some of the atrocities that are taking place in its own backyard. I am specifically referring to the most frequently mentioned town in all the General Assembly hearings on this law: Poolesville.

I would like to present a few examples of how the current law is "interpreted" in beautiful downtown Poolesville. At the town council meeting on Dec. 3, it was announced that in case anyone did not read the notice in the Dec. 1 edition of the "local newspaper," there would be a Christmas season house decoration contest with prizes ranging up to $200 for the winner. The appropriation of this money was not done at any public meeting that I am aware of before (or after) the notice appeared in the newspaper. Such a monumental decision surely would not have such a major impact on the health, well-being and safety of the residents of Poolesville to warrant that it be decided behind closed doors. Later in the Dec. 3 meeting it was announced that there would no longer be any water and sewer reports given unless two town commissioners agreed that a tidbit of information should be given to the public. It was never stated that a violation of the discharge permit caused the town to forfeit more than $15,000 of funds from the state. Also, the waste water treatment plant has been taken to court twice in the past two years over discharge violations.

None of the town council's quarterly budget meetings are open to the public. Usually the only statements the public hears on the town's financial condition are that everything is looking good. When the annual public hearing is held on the budget, the information is passed out minutes before the meeting and town residents are given three minutes to state any concerns they may have or ask any questions. Again, why should such information be kept behind closed doors? The Dec. 3 meeting adjourned to secret session with the town attorney and three members of the town's engineering company.

Anyone who attends a Poolesville town meeting will come away with a greater appreciation for the need and significance of the anti-secrecy law.

C. P. POTEMRA Poolesville