The 'Mouse' Isn't Looking

So Bad These Days

As I was sitting in stalled traffic in Haymarket last week, I pondered the explosive growth at the U.S. 15/Interstate 66 junction.

I wondered what happened to all the do-gooders who were so ready to throw Disney out of the area. Have they all returned to Middleburg, Fauquier and New Jersey? Now I see the real legacy these folks left behind: total gridlock.

The problem I see with these residents of fantasyland is that they provide self-serving criticism but offer no realistic solutions to our growth-related problems.

I guess the Mouse ain't looking so bad after all. Now we are just waiting on the traffic roundabouts at Gilberts Corner. How will these folks ever get to Tysons and Washington to shop? Helicopters, perhaps.

John Wood

Aldie

Munsey Doesn't Speak

For Everyone in Loudoun

Despite the tone of Barbara Munsey's letter ["Listen to the Real Residents," Loudoun Extra, Oct. 9], Munsey does not speak for the residents of South Riding. In fact, almost all of the residents I come into contact with in South Riding, where I live as well, agree that the pace of growth in Loudoun County has to slow.

Adding 28,000 homes to the west of us is going to be horrendous.

People do not want Loudoun to become another Fairfax County. Fairfax County is very crowded. There is very little land on which to build things like new schools. Many people I talk to moved into Loudoun County because it is still not crowded and it has a nice rural flavor. It's different from the surrounding areas in Northern Virginia.

I could not care less that the people quoted in an Oct. 6 news article about last week's Planning Commission meeting were not, as Munsey noted, from the "area under review." Who cares? The proposed level of growth will have an impact on all of Loudoun County, and we will all be affected.

I do not work for the PEC or any other interest group. I am just so tired of Barbara Munsey speaking on behalf of South Riding. She acts as if she is speaking for all of us. Maybe she should run for the Board of Supervisors. That way she can properly represent the community.

Otherwise she should just speak for herself.

Chris Romano

South Riding

Ordinary Citizens Should

Have Their Opinions Heard

As new owners of a 10-acre horse farm in Loudoun, it is disheartening to see the same tactics used by developers and special interests in this region as the region we are leaving: the east end of Long Island, where preserved agricultural land has been priced out of our reach.

Sham public hearings, at which one side is heard to the exclusion of the other in rooms too small to hold all interested parties, scheduling that makes attendance as hard as possible for the public, and a deep-pockets-will-prevail approach to politics are all tried-and-true methods of excluding private citizens. Corporate development interests too often systematically steamroll through the permitting process, with the result that politicians do not see any benefit to resisting the urge (if one even exists) to rubber-stamp initiatives.

Why should the desire for potential profits to corporate developers and financial benefits to a few special interests outweigh the opinions of the residents of an area? They should not. The opinions of ordinary citizens should warrant at least equal, if not more, consideration.

We hope that Loudoun's public officials can resist the temptation to completely buckle to development interests and will take into consideration our wish, as individual property owners attracted here by its rural nature, that any development be undertaken as a response to the present and carefully considered future needs of the present population, rather than to the blatant greed of corporate developers intent on making the entire region an urban profit center.

Please stop, and listen to citizens before you approve projects that will irrevocably alter the character and nature of our region.

Mary and Neil O'Connor

Middleburg