The Legacy of Land
It is really sad that in this day and time, people have to fight to keep their land. Thanks to some good people still left, money doesn't mean everything. My children and I make a special day of going to a Christmas tree farm every year to choose that "special" tree. I cherish the memories we make together.
Children aren't innocent long these days, and I try my best to instill good values and help them realize how important the family unit is and how we must strive to hold onto it. Our yearly visit to these farms reinforces those values.
Our country was founded on families who risked everything for their land. Please stop this anti-environment government harassment of Loudoun farms. We need them and what they stand for.
'The True Enemies'
The environmental movement, masquerading as "smart growth" and by design devoid of true political affiliation, again used the political agenda to defeat the tax referendum, the modus operandi used against Disney and to wrestle Loudoun's government from the majority.
Its action leaves little doubt that the true enemies of Loudoun citizens are not members of opposing political parties but are radical environmentalists usurping the political prerogative in the achievement of their perverse goals.
Defeat of the tax referendum was predictable since all Democrats were on record as opposing it and Republicans were split between the "no tax" faithful and those who favored growth initiatives related to road improvements and rapid transit. For the business community, hoping that neighboring Fairfax, with limited roads to improve, would defeat a referendum based upon increased taxes, was a "no brainer."
More importantly, to expect that the result will in any way engender influence in Richmond to gain more local authority over their destiny, where taxes will be an even greater issue, is pure propaganda.
As the present residential buildout in Loudoun unfolds, however, the voting base will obviously change to an increased emphasis on more and better schools with expanded recreational facilities and the need for home improvements, colliding with the environmental limits imposed upon use of flood plains, new roads and restrictive building standards outlined in the adopted Comprehensive Plan.
The transportation issue will be resurrected with new governors in Maryland and Virginia, along with Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), connecting the Greenway through Route 9 into West Virginia and completing the "techway" into Maryland as part of the Western Transportation Corridor.
The price of residential real estate in Loudoun will continue to escalate as more land is usurped, not by developers, but by the wealthy hunt gentry for future speculation.
The next two years will be a disaster for the common worker, elderly, poor and disabled living in Loudoun but should offer more than enough time to incite these disenfranchised citizens into a majority voter base for the next round of elections.
Anticipated court involvement over land use, once the Comprehensive Plan is legalized, should further exacerbate the anger of most other voters as testimony under oath exposes rampant corruption.
The attack on the environmentalists over their social engineering agenda, which preserves western Loudoun as their playground while packing 'em in in the east around Metro stations, should proceed in earnest and with vengeance, gaining further momentum when it is realized that the very pronouncements governing this county actually emanate from their headquarters in Fauquier County while their executives live in Arlington and commute by car, not rapid transit.
So much for conservation design.
The Board of Supervisors had better take a long, hard look at the consequences of its action, given these circumstances, and forget about activating the adopted Comprehensive Plan through changes to the present zoning ordinance while time remains.
Lawrence V. Phillips