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So Doug Duncan is thinking about rising from the ashes and doing it again. I think that is called recidivism.

Duncan, and the many ambitious politicos like him, as well as their well-heeled supporters — the developers, zoning lawyers, speculators and big businessmen who profit from their policies — all seem to want the same thing. More, lots more! He is wrong, and they are wrong.

Any intelligent and observant resident of Montgomery County knows that our problem cannot be solved by more people and more businesses and more traffic and schools; the problem, obviously, is that there are too damn many of us now.

During good old Doug’s long time in office the county grew by something like 1,000 people a month, month after month and year after year. That’s a lot of kids in our schools and a lot of cars on our roads. His solution, their solution, seems to have been more people, more building and more cars. And, despite all the evidence that their policies are the problem and certainly not the solution, they still believe in them. They are the Babbitts of our time, both wrongheaded and very positive.

What we need, obviously except to the unrestrained growth boys, is fewer people and a lot fewer cars. Their solutions seem to involve more roads like the ill-begotten Intercounty Connector and more nitwit schemes like the Purple Line, which would destroy a fine resource. What we need is an end to uber-projects such as the White Flint mess and Chevy Chase Land Company’s grandiose scheme and an end to rowhouses and apartment complexes as well. We have more than enough of both.

We need a return to single-family-home zoning and strict enforcement of the single-family-home laws. Isn’t it obvious that rebuilding the golf course at White Flint would do the county a lot more good than putting more people and cars on poor old Rockville Pike?

So I am waiting for a politician who endorses not slow growth or even no growth but the reverse of growth. Fewer people and a lot more empty lots should be the goal. We certainly do not need any more Doug Duncans or his monomaniacal ilk.

William Offutt, Bethesda