EDITOR: I am one of the protestors of the Willits bypass. I have been reading the comments following your online coverage and see that your readers need to be educated about the facts. The protestors are informed, motivated and concerned citizens standing up to a corrupt agency that has manipulated data, misused funds and violated permits and regulations, but has gone forward with building an outdated and inappropriate bypass.
It will not significantly reduce traffic on Highway 101 through downtown Willits. Maybe 20 percent to 30 percent of vehicles would use the bypass. The destruction to the valley is irreparable; what was a beautiful valley and pasture is now a wasteland.
An alternative bypass/truck route has been designed by qualified engineers and would serve the needs of everyone while costing a fraction of the current bypass plan, but Caltrans has refused to dialogue with residents about this option. Consider the Bay Bridge, which was supposed to cost $1 billion and is now at $6.4 billion and counting. We are not the criminals. We are a caring, intelligent, committed and brave people striving to have a voice in a corporate culture that has too much power and lack of accountability.
EDITOR: Three cheers for columnist Paul Gullixson and the Scouts ("Scouts caught in the middle," Sunday). The Boy Scouts of America teach some basic stuff about the world — handicraft, woodcraft and so forth. Also leadership. Keep the PC garbage out of it. I once read of a recruiter for important leadership positions looking at a resume to see if the man had been an Eagle Scout. Thanks for the sensible column in Sunday's paper.