Appeal for a Fair Plan
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors was given a second chance to be fair when the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in March that landowners had not been properly notified before a new Comprehensive Plan was passed.
All along, landowners had asked for compromise. Now Supervisor Jim G. Burton (I-Blue Ridge) has come up with another proposal that takes a land-use lawyer to understand, and there is no compromise.
Call or write your supervisor and ask for a fair compromise. Ask for a plan that the average landowner can read and understand. Ask for clustering on small lots so we have green space and a plan that will protect our property rights and be a fair compromise. Ask for a plan that lets your children and grandchildren live and work in Loudoun.
We're lucky to have good jobs in Loudoun, but we need a plan for housing that lets people live here.
Mary Jane Windle
One Hospital Is Not Enough
More than a year ago, I wrote to state Health Commissioner Robert B. Stroube asking him to approve a certificate of public need for Broadlands Regional Medical Center.
I recounted an experience we had trying to find a dermatologist for my daughter. We received excellent care from the doctors and support staff at Loudoun Hospital Center only after her pediatrician went to bat for us and begged and pleaded with doctors to get her in sooner than six months to be treated for a skin condition that needed immediate surgery.
The letter was intended to illustrate the desperate need for additional quality health care and competition for the existing system. We should be able to find care for our children sooner rather than later. No self-respecting metropolitan area or county in this country has only one hospital serving a large, exponentially growing population.
My frustration with the one existing system continued when, more than a year after writing the letter, I received a call from a gentleman claiming to be a consultant for Loudoun Hospital. He wanted additional information about the unsatisfactory incident I had with the hospital.
No amount of talking could convince him that I wasn't unsatisfied; I simply am adamant that Loudoun Hospital cannot handle the sheer volume of patients pouring into the county. This individual found it hard to believe that I was, in fact, satisfied with my experience but want additional care and competition for residents.
It is a dishonor to the many fine doctors and nurses who work hard for the hospital that the hospital does not have enough faith in them to allow a competitive system to exist. I question the many employees who come to Board of Supervisors meetings opposed to HCA's Broadlands hospital. Don't you believe that you can compete solely on the fine care you already provide?
I will continue to use the doctors who have cared for my family so well in the five years that I have lived in Loudoun. I welcome with open arms a competitive system and am terrified of the consequences if we do not get the second hospital.
I beseech the residents and the Board of Supervisors to approve Broadlands Regional Medical Center for the additional funding for surrounding roads it will bring, the taxes it will pay each year and the good neighbor it will be.
Residents of Broadlands should look into the current zoning to see what could be put there without any input from the neighborhood if the HCA hospital is not approved.
This hospital, I'm sure, will not negate the need for more hospitals down the road.
We need additional care now, and Broadlands, at best, is three years away. Another hospital is seven to 10 or more years away.