Dan Rodricks' column "Nobody asked me, but . . ." (Nov. 12) is dead on, at least about the Owings Mills Mall.

I agree that the mall doesn't need to be redeveloped and that, as Mr. Rodricks says, "the whole thing was a big mistake" from the start.

I remember when the site was zoned as a watershed and wetlands area. But then it was rezoned to permit the mall's construction, and eventually came housing, roads, grocery stores, fast food chains and gas stations.

Is it possible that a pro-jobs, pro-business guy like me could agree with a liberal, anti-business, anti-capitalist journalist like Mr. Rodricks? Sometimes it works out that way.

William T. Newton, Reisterstown