It is disappointing to see this very one-sided article about the Willits bypass. Many of us here in Willits are just thrilled that we are finally getting relief from all the through traffic on our Main Street. We are astonished and disgusted that Will Parrish and a handful of other extremists continue to fight the project, which is already 25% completed. The bypass will occupy just two hundred acres out of a 7500 acre valley. Another 2000 acres will be restored and preserved. Thousands of acres will still be available for the modest agricultural enterprises that exist in Little Lake Valley. The protesters have accomplished nothing other than adding millions in totally unnecessary costs to this project and turning a sweet, peaceful town into a battleground. Parrish probably neglected to mention that he was only charged with an infraction initially. It was he who raised the stakes by demanding a jury trial, available only for misdemeanors and felonies. He got what he wanted - a bigger soapbox. But the evidence might not make him look like the hero he claims to be - one of the police officers who arrested him testified at a recent hearing that Parrish asked the officers to carry him because "it's more dramatic that way." Too bad the Bohemian didn't take the time to actually investigate this story instead of just printing what Parrish and the other protesters gave them.
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