Two Jan. 17 Metro articles [“Reservations over reservoir” and “Montgomery’s Leggett leads in campaign cash”] captured the state of Montgomery County politics and real estate developer influence. Both articles named developers interested in the environmentally sensitive Ten Mile Creek watershed area, developers that are major contributors to the reelection campaign of County Executive Isiah Leggett — a “magnet for the big money,” as The Post described him. When will county voters learn that big money buys influence? Furthermore, what are we going to do about it?

J. Paul Thomas, Silver Spring