Contrary to popular belief, Fayette County belongs to its citizens. But for some reason, many of them have decided to remove themselves from their ownership role. They have turned the county over to the control of political forces, which typically are dominated by powerful/influential families and businesses. These forces have controlled this county for many decades, and you can see the results all around us. Nearly every report on the standing of Pennsylvania's counties puts Fayette near the bottom of the list.
Fayette citizens must take back the ownership of their county. Anyone interested in doing so can take a step in that direction by actively participating in the Prison Referendum Group's initiative to place a question on the spring primary ballot directing the county commissioners to stop all current activities related to the new prison, rescind all resolutions passed supporting the currently proposed prison, explore all options to resolve prison needs and involve the citizens of Fayette in the discussions, planning and decision-making in a meaningful way. This also requires citizens/taxpayers to become active in local government. To be active, we must be informed. That means we need to attend local government meetings and actively participate in the meetings.
Any registered Fayette voter wanting to circulate a petition to gather signatures supporting the referendum can stop by the Laurel Mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested in signing a petition, we will be accepting signatures at the Laurel Mall and the Uniontown Giant Eagle on March 1-2.
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