Rudolph Pyatt's uncritical cheerleading for the PortAmerica project was objectionable but within bounds -- until his latest screed on the subject {Business, Nov. 27}.

In this article, he is not content simply to puff the project. He devotes a considerable amount of space to impugning the motives ("mean-spirited"; "obstructionist"; "political posturing") of the critics of the original design, which featured a monster office tower that would have been a dominant feature of the skyline viewed not only from downtown Washington but from such historic sites as Fort Washington and Mount Vernon (and Alexandria, but we'll deal with that in a minute). The premise apparently is that every jurisdiction has an innate right to an eyesore at least as prominent and awful as Rosslyn.

But Alexandria's residents not only are mean-spirited, etc., etc.; we also are afflicted with "parochial jealousy" (every jurisdiction not only has a right to its own Rosslyn, it wants one). Jealously of what? Hasn't Mr. Pyatt been following the saga of Potomac Greens? Doesn't he think we have a legitimate concern about the probable impact of PortAmerica's 10,000 jobs on traffic on the already-congested Woodrow Wilson Bridge? Niggling air safety concerns aside, how about the potential for that huge tower shunting air traffic from the middle to the Virginia side of the river, adding to already-high noise levels? I guess we deserve the added inconvenience, being so parochial and mean-spirited.

I wish the new, improved PortAmerica project well. I just hope we won't have a replay of the acrimonious debate over the merits of the original design if those 10,000 jobs don't materialize right on schedule.

DAVID J. KLOCK Alexandria