The Post's comments about the defeat in Fairfax County (and throughout Virginia) of constitutional amendments that would have permitted officials to borrow highway money against future revenues without voters' approval were disappointing and curiously condescending {"Gridlock Frugality in Fairfax," editorial, Nov. 14}. Many of us who live and work in Fairfax County do want better roads as soon as possible and at the best possible cost, but we are not willing to sell our birthrights in order to get them.

To suggest that we should give public officials a permanent lien on our pocketbooks when we are facing serious financial shortfalls for current obligations is nonsense. It is no mere "financial twitch of the taxpayers" -- as The Post put it -- that voters have turned down more spending when what is clearly needed is less spending by state and local (and, for that matter, federal) governments.

To state that people in Fairfax should be prepared to delegate "some responsibility to their elected officials" is unworthy in light of the fact that "elected officials" -- from Washington to Richmond to Fairfax -- have gotten us into the financial situation we are facing. Now is clearly a time for people to say: No more.

The serious need for new and better roads does not justify using any means to get them. Giving elected officials a blank check would likely cost the taxpayers many more millions in the long run.

JAY KLEINFELDT Alexandria