Daniel J. Suffoletta {"Silver Spring Doesn't Want to Be Another Rosslyn," Close to Home, July 22} is completely off-base in attacking the Art Deco Society of Washington and its president, Richard Striner, for trying to save some of Silver Spring's architectural history and scale.

Silver Spring residents were lucky to have Mr. Striner, who alerted us to the behemoth Silver Triangle mall being planned for the center of town. The mall would draw about 20,000 car trips a day and be topped by several office towers that would produce their own choking traffic.

By the hundreds, residents have fought the Silver Triangle project for almost four years now. We don't want an inexperienced developer (Lloyd Moore) or a growth-happy county executive (Sidney Kramer) to dictate the way our community looks and lives for the next 40 years.

The week of July 16, citizen groups filed their third lawsuit against the county for its favors to Mr. Moore. The favor this time was granting Mr. Moore yet another extension on his project approval because of a flimsy, nonbinding "letter of interest" from Macy's.

Mr. Striner is backed by citizens like myself -- I've lived here 18 years -- in trying to rebuild Silver Spring without a mall obliterating the middle of town. The art deco buildings, if they were restored and complemented with new development behind them, could give Silver Spring a little distinction. That beats the repetitious, plastic interiors and faceless exteriors that big malls offer -- not to mention the traffic.

PAT SINGER Silver Spring