I agree that in a democracy the people’s desires should trump DOT. I also believe that the people’s desires should have trumped when the Cullasaja community and Save Our Rivers group tried so unsuccessfully to keep Highlands’ sewage out of the Cullasaja River. I further believe that the majority should have prevailed when they voted down the bond issue for the schools. However, on both issues the people only got lip disservice, aka, bull (barnyard vernacular), poopy river water, debt and a colossal mess for school facilities.
Even though the county government went to great expense and effort to keep the LBJ Job Corp Center sewage out of Cartoogechaye Creek, they ignored the plight of the Cullasaja River and those who lived along the river and its tributaries. Indeed their lack of action to save the river was pathetic. When Rabun County, Georgia announced plans to dump their waste in the Little T they had no clean water argument. The plea for democracy to prevail at the state level was lost when the county government and the school board ignored the vote of the people and went ahead with the school projects making nothing more than a monumental mess of the educational facilities while incurring much county debt.
Is it therefore a misnomer to refer to Macon County government as a democracy when the commissioners and school board members act and govern like despots and tyrants?
David A. McClure — Franklin, N.C.