Lottery Proceeds No Prize for Schools

As a teacher and an Occoquan District resident, I have spoken with [Del. Michele B. McQuigg] many times over many years about the county funding of our public schools. On every occasion, the conversation was turned to getting additional funding from Richmond because the county was not able to provide any additional resources for our public schools.

Now I read that Mrs. McQuigg says she helped to provide more money to schools in supporting the return of 100 percent of the lottery proceeds for our public schools. I would like to shed light on that statement.

First of all, the return of the lottery money is not a permanent source of revenue to our schools. It is only for this budget--a temporary arrangement. In addition, the proceeds of the Virginia lottery have been on a steady decline. Thus, this supposed benefit to our schools is nothing but a Band-Aid that is losing its adhesive.

Also, while Mrs. McQuigg supported the hiring of new teachers, she did not support directing any additional revenue for school construction. As we all know, we need more teachers, but we need somewhere for them to teach. We are out of space! How is that supporting the needs of her constituents?



Prince William Education Association

Another Word for 'Loophole'

Whose press release did you copy from to get the slanted description of the new sector plans [Prince William Extra, Sept. 19]?

These new sector plans are to the Prince William County Comprehensive Plan what an exploding pipe bomb is to a china shop. Implementing this sector plan concept is another scheme to confuse the public and offer more opportunity to demolish the current Comprehensive Plan. These sector plans are not "fine-tuning."

Citizens are apathetic because of this type of scheming by special-interest-driven politicians. After [citizens] invest many hours attending and speaking at planning hearings, they learn that there is now a new set of loopholes in the "contract" the county has made with them. These sector plans are merely another tool to violate the Comprehensive Plan, which is a "contract" with the citizens.

Because the Comprehensive Plan is already bombarded with constant changes and exceptions, it is violated before the ink dries. It is supposed to last five years, not five minutes!

Citizens can't afford the time to constantly play watchdog and enforce contracts that have been negotiated, that is what we elected our supervisors to do.


Catharpin home builder


No Room for the Personal

Who or what does Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) represent in Dumfries? Certainly not the majority of his Prince William constituents who approved horse racing and parimutuel wagering five years ago. Definitely not the residents of Dumfries, who are not in his legislative district.

Presumably, Rep. Wolf is advising the mayor of Dumfries about the findings of his own National Gambling Impact Study Commission. The study would certainly be more relevant were Dumfries planning to open a casino, but never mind the small details. Mayor Chris Brown is now being subjected to the same boogeyman stories that Mayor Ernest L. Evans and Manassas Park residents had to endure three years ago.

As a businessman in Manassas Park, I've always voted for Frank Wolf, and his seniority has led to his appointment to the chairmanship of the House Transportation Subcommittee. As chairman, Rep. Wolf wields considerable power and influence, and I would hope he would use the power of his office to see that the many critical transportation needs of Northern Virginia are identified and adequately funded.

It would be inappropriate to use the influence of his office to bully another small town mayor about a local issue that is in conflict with Mr. Wolf's personal convictions.



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