County commissioners ignore voters, press on with West Bypass


If you had any doubts that your votes for Allen McCarty and Steve Brown for the at-large county commission posts were the right decisions, the current county commissioners gave you all the confirmation you need last week when they decided to move forward with Phase II of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

The unmitigated gall of the current Fayette commissioners taking the next step on Phase II of the bypass even though the public has loudly cried the road is not wanted is another horrible example of the government’s total disrespect for the average citizens.

And I do mean “average” citizens, hardworking people like you and me, because this bypass is all about using our money to give free infrastructure to land speculators and developers who the commissioners rate as higher priority constituents.

My neighbors, the people at the grocery store, and just about anyone I speak to has shaken their heads in disbelief about the commission’s act of defiance against the local taxpayers. Is there really any wonder why the Tea Party groups are seeing one after another of their candidates win elections and primaries?

Our elected government officials are kicking sand in our face and telling us to go home and keep our mouths shut. What they don’t understand is we are not going to take it anymore.

Like the case with our Fayette commissioners and their ridiculous road to nowhere bypass, it’s not some radical element trying to stir up trouble against them. It’s plain honest citizens demanding that their elected representatives do the right thing.

The commissioners and their developer friends are in such a hurry to get Phase II of the bypass going before Allen McCarty and Steve Brown are sworn in come January that they started acquiring property before they have the necessary permits from the federal government.

Is Commission Chairman Jack Smith’s position on the local developer bank and tremendous future profit potential for that bank forcing the rapid pace of their decisions?

The defeat of Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell was an obvious mandate from the people to stop the road to nowhere. Lee Hearn, Robert Horgan and Herb Frady are next on the list to be thrown out of office in the 2012 elections.

The county commissioners have yet to give a compelling reason to build the West Fayetteville Bypass. It’s a huge waste of our tax dollars.

We don’t care about the commission chairman’s private earning potential. Stop the bypass now.

Gail Onesi

Tyrone, Ga.