Loudoun Voters Deserve Credit

Congratulations to Loudoun County voters in their recent supervisors' elections for choosing smart growth over uncontrolled sprawl. Here in Fauquier County, we are trying to learn from the mistakes of our neighbors to the east with regard to developer-fueled growth. Elected officials who are more responsive to builders' interests than the majority of their constituents should be voted out.

It happened here in Fauquier last November, and if voting taxpayers are vigilant, it will happen again this fall. There is nothing wrong with residents who ultimately foot the bill of expensive, ugly sprawl to have a say in their quality of life and tax rate. Loudoun residents deserve much credit for seeing through the developers' and incumbent supervisors' self-serving nonsense.

PETER HOAGLAND

Warrenton

Myers Shows `Lack of Respect'

So Dale Polen Myers (R-At Large) has somehow persuaded herself that half of the total vote May 22 was by Democrats, which of course implies that no undecided voters or independents should ever vote in primaries. Any less than half, say one-third, of all the 6,140 voters, and she'd have lost 60 percent to 40 percent.

To believe that is an additional indication of her lack of respect for the Loudoun Republican Committee, and to announce it is an insult to everyone who voted in this primary. Never mind that party Chairman Tom Berezoski said in advance that over 6,000 would vote.

Is Myers trying to kid herself, or us, or just trying to get someone to run against Scott K. York (R-Sterling) to pull the temple down around herself and all of Loudoun County? Common courtesy demands she acknowledge the overwhelming results of a dramatic and free process, and her voter pledge requires her to support the outcome. And her bitterness detracts from a remarkable campaign.

J.D. DAN HANEY

Upperville

A Conflict for McWatters?

I'm sure everyone remembers the heated battle waged by hundreds of Loudoun County citizens last year over the Saudi Academy. Whether you were for or against the academy, no one would like to think that some supervisors were taking money from the developer while his case was under consideration. But that is just what happened. Several weeks before Supervisor David G. McWatters (R-Broad Run) [now a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates] cast his vote in favor of the project on March 4, 1998, he received a $250 contribution from the developer's lawyer, Robert Gordon. The day after McWatters voted for the project, he received a second contribution of $750 from the applicant Anthony Nozzoli (according to McWatters's itemization of contributions over $100 form filed with Loudoun County on April 6, 1999). Talk about a conflict of interest! McWatters put the interests of the developer over the interests of Loudoun County. Think about it: McWatters had the gall to accept money from the developer while his zoning application was under consideration. We don't need another developer's puppet in public office.

SANDRA ELAM

Leesburg

Porn at Libraries Is Intolerable

Last week, Fox 5 News aired a segment on violent and pornographic Internet sites. Del. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun), Attorney General Mark L. Earley (R) and police investigators were all interviewed. None of them were "watching porn," as the Library Board of Trustees claimed; they were simply proving that access to porn is easy in public libraries. The Fox 5 report was responsibly warning parents that terrible material has been allowed into our libraries.

Perhaps the Library Board can explain how access to violent cyberporn has become part of the mission of the library system. Does the First Amendment really permit violent pornographers to use images of victimized women to attract viewers? When these images invade the "public" sector, they should threaten all of us. Why are we the public so complacent about this public deviancy? Since when do we stretch the First Amendment right to include violent pornography in public places?

Why didn't the Library Board inform us that this horrific material was about to be unleashed within our libraries? Why aren't more public officials fighting against obscene material in our libraries and schools? Why isn't the public more outraged about this? Why are these public officials so protective of public access to violent pornography? It was, in fact, Mainstream Loudoun and the ACLU that cost the taxpayers the money.

Why did the public officials not accept Del. Black's offer to personally represent the county on appeal -- for free -- and end this invasion of violent Internet pornography once and for all?

MARY FRASER PRIEST

Sterling

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