I certainly sympathize with H. G. Simkins' who wrote "Devoured by Developers" {letters, June 8}.

I hold no brief for developers, greedy or otherwise, but don't forget that without demand for their product, developers couldn't exist. If there's a single, overriding reason for the closing of small airports or the bulldozing of farms for ticky-tacky housing developments, monstrous shopping malls and high-rise office buildings, it is population growth. What we see is the consequence of our disinclination to limit our numbers.

We find it easy to castigate the Third World for deforestation, for overworking the land, for widespread malnutrition. What we need to realize is that the "Los Angelization" of our urban areas is a Western, industrialized version of the very same thing. JIM McCONKEY Washington

All too often, I hear or read articles complaining of traffic gridlock, soaring real estate prices and a host of other problems caused by "greedy developers." Where do all these no-growth people live and work? Does anyone understand that public schools are typically built on ground donated by developers? How much public road work is done by the developers? Northern Virginia, for all of its problems, is considered to be one of the most desirable locations in the country because of its educational system, employment opportunities and available housing.

I hope we do not see a knee-jerk reaction from the bleeding-heart no-growth fanatics who all want to be the last ones to move into new houses. I urge these critics of progress to get involved with their supervisors, attend meetings, offer constructive advice to steer us toward orderly growth. Maybe our commuters could keep a pen and paper in their car and jot down suggestions while sitting in traffic. SAM STERN Fairfax