The article ''As P.G. Numbers Change, Some Are Refiguring Busing'' {Metro, Jan 20} only scratches the surface of the impact of busing and its advocates. Prince George's County has many attractions: well-planned growth, reasonably priced property, easy access to all parts of the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis area, rising affluence and a cosmopolitan community with a diverse mix of people and interests. In contrast, Prince George's County's most notable flaw, which chambers of commerce and real estate agents in neighboring counties are all too happy to point out, is the burden of court-imposed busing.

Few people in Prince George's County resent living next door to a family of a different race or religion. Many people choose to live in the county for its diversity, as I did in 1988. But most people resent the government imposing unnecessary intrusions into their lives such as busing their children outside their community to attend school. Misguided people such as the Prince George's County NAACP president suggest that now is the time to invoke the politics of envy and revenge with mandatory busing of white children based on their race. This would likely cause further segregation as more whites removed their children from Prince George's schools.

The vision of an overwhelmingly black county is not attractive to Prince George's residents, regardless of skin color. Few people want to live in a ghetto, which is defined as an area inhabited chiefly by members of some minority group. The statistics the article presented on the makeup of Prince George's County public schools going from 20 percent black before busing to 65 percent black since the imposition of busing show the failure of busing. The trend is clear and must not continue. Otherwise, the outcome may likely be a county where both the white and black middle class send their children to private schools and do not support public schools and, eventually, a ghetto.

The Supreme Court has given the citizens of Prince George's County an opportunity to remove the roadblock imposed by the courts in the 1970s. County Executive Parris N. Glendening, Superintendent John A. Murphy and Bowie State University President James E. Lyons are on the right track in pursuing equity as an alternative to busing. The improvements in Prince George's County schools have been recognized across the United States and even internationally. With the resources that have gone into the Milliken and magnet schools the county has achieved or is close to equity in educational opportunity. This fall will be a good time to start phasing out forced busing in Prince George's County. ORVILLE A. EARL Bowie