Interests of Out-of-Staters

It was with some interest that I heard that many, if not most, of the lawsuits against Loudoun over the new zoning ordinance have been filed by local families like the Xeroxes, the Centexes and oh, yes . . . the Toll Brothers. Isn't it a shame that fine local folks like that are forced to spend their own money just to thwart the will of selfish Loudoun voters who wanted smart growth?

What? You say those aren't local folks, they're big, out-of-state corporations? And those lawsuits, which will cost all of us in Loudoun money, are actually tax deductions for the corporations? Could it be that those same corporate names are on the secret lists of financial supporters that Citizens for Property Rights refuses to divulge?

Loudoun voters should be clear about whose interests and finances are being served by attacks against smart growth in Loudoun.

Valerie Kelly

Middleburg

In Whose Best Interests?

It appears Wes Corber's weekly attacks on the Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC) constitute his primary campaign strategy to get Chairman of the Board Scott K. York [R-At Large] reelected.

The real issue at hand is simple and obvious. Republicans remember that York badly misused the LCRC's trust by running on a slate with Democrats in 1999. Indeed, York works hand in hand with Democrats on the board and cares little about the Loudoun County Republican Committee except in an election year.

Corber and York are uniquely unqualified to know what is in the best interest of our committee. Their desire is to have an open primary that will allow special interests to use our Republican electoral process as their own playground while Republicans watch from the sidelines. To allow our election process to be determined by the very people that so badly took advantage of our hard work in 1999 would be beyond naive. Most Republicans expect York to bolt from the party, but not before he has done maximum damage to our reputation to bolster his bid for reelection.

On a more positive note, many fine, hardworking, sensible Republican candidates are emerging and I'm excited about our prospects in November. The convention process encourages a grassroots campaign whereby the candidate must address the broad concerns of his or her constituents. Finally, Loudoun can hope to be represented by supervisors that have our best interests in mind.

Marci DuBose

Leesburg

All Have Right to Choose

How is it that a 21/2-inch long piece of pink plastic in the shape of a developing baby could set off so many hot buttons among "liberal" thinkers? Isn't it only "molding or shaping matter" as defined by that noted authority, Webster?

We all have the right to choose in this great nation. If you unexpectedly or accidentally get one of these plastic things, all you have to do is throw it out. It's your legal right. You don't need to ask or tell anyone. It's a private decision.

Need help to the trash can? You'll feel much better once it's done, over with and behind you. Trust me. So, what's all the fuss over?

Helena Syska

Sterling Park

Face Reality

If anyone doesn't like the life-size first trimester plastic fetuses that Del. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun) sent to Virginia legislators, wake up! Or hide your head in the sand like an ostrich pretending that you just don't know what is going on in the world. This is reality.

Since Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Fairfax) says she is "appalled" by the fact that Black sent her a plastic fetus, she should visit an abortion clinic and see the real thing. How can she, or any other elected official who votes on abortion legislation, expect to decide on such a powerful, yet divisive, issue if she can't even look at the reality of the outcome, an aborted fetus?

To those who say Black should not have done such a thing because he has to work with the Richmond legislators and should not risk offending them, I say that leadership requires the courage and fortitude to stand up for your values, speak the truth and fight for your beliefs.

If the fathers of our country had not been committed and forceful 227 years ago, we would all be subjects of Queen Elizabeth II today. Principles must never be sacrificed nor compromised for the sake of "go along to get along." Occasionally, the times require a dramatic statement to focus attention on an important issue. The Boston Tea Party was condemned by many in 1773, but it brought attention to a critical issue of the times. This is America!

A friend of mine who is pro-abortion and usually opposed to Black told me: "I have to give Black credit. Abortion has consequences. Black made one of the consequences -- a life-size fetus -- a stark reality to a bunch of legislators."

Whether you are for or against abortion, Black calls it like it is. If you don't like the facts, go hide your head in the sand like Puller.

Bill Soltesz

Ashburn