In his March 20 Metro column, “Futile and costly chase to alter Purple Line,” Robert McCartney portrayed Chevy Chase residents as a bunch of rich people who don’t know what to do with our money. Since when is it a bad thing to run a surplus and hold meetings on how to best spend the money? Maybe we should be giving the advice to the state on sticking to a budget for this project.

There are many different opinions in Chevy Chase on the Purple Line. But there is general agreement that the town has been an important advocate for residents in the face of development along Wisconsin Avenue. As a result, this part of Bethesda is still a nice place to live and work. More specifically, properties such as mine that are within two blocks of Wisconsin are still residential; without the town’s efforts, they would have been converted to offices years ago. Criticizing us for spending $350,000 to protect our interests is absurd.

Mr. McCartney is surprisingly naive in arguing that this project will solve a transportation issue related to inevitable growth and development. The driving force behind the Purple Line is the people who want it to provide a catalyst for more development. This is a development issue, period, and we would be remiss if we suddenly took a back seat to the development industry which, left unchecked, will run amok to the detriment of residents. Most town residents have lived in Bethesda or the D.C. area for many years, and we’ve seen it all. You can call us what you want, but we aren’t fools.

Jim Mich, Chevy Chase