The final week of November marks the official kick-off to the holiday season: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday.
With all that happens during the holiday season, many of us, including myself, need a friendly reminder of what the holiday season truly means: spending time with loved ones, religious celebration, giving back to our communities, and selfless acts of kindness.
Giving Tuesday, which is Dec. 3, gives us the perfect opportunity to give back to our local communities by utilizing both our time and our resources to assist local charities that need our help. In Loudoun County, we are truly blessed to have many nonprofit organizations that provide assistance, not only during the holidays, but all year long: Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Friends of Homeless Animals, an array of churches, to name a few.
I would encourage individuals and corporations to find a nonprofit or a cause that interests them - make a donation, volunteer your time, or better yet, have your family or coworkers join you in your efforts to give back, so to make an even larger impact.
I truly hope that the residents and corporations of Loudoun County will join me in giving back to our community on December 3, Giving Tuesday, because we live in a great community with an abundance of resources and talented individuals that can make an everlasting difference in a person’s or organization’s life.
Have a wonderful and memorable holiday season. Make a positive difference in someone’s life.
Bow Tie Strategies, LeesburgWilliams on LCPS funding
The annual debate surrounding the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) operating budget has heated up early this year. I appreciate all the participants who are taking time to be active in this important process. I know we all agree that keeping Loudoun’s educational system top notch is of paramount importance. For me, this is especially important as the father of three children who are and will be going through LCPS.
Unfortunately, some have put forward a false narrative that this Board of Supervisors has cut the LCPS budget over the past two years, while the facts are quite different. As we begin next year’s budget process, I believe it’s important to provide the background information on the two LCPS operating budgets since this current Board of Supervisors took office in January of 2012.
Over the past two budget years (FY 2013 and FY 2014), the LCPS operating budget has increased from $745,946,877 to $843,672,450, a 13.1 percent increase. The local fund transfer, which is the amount of Loudoun’s local tax dollars spent on education, has increased from $494,025,867 to $553,615,482, a 12.1 percent increase. While it is true that a large portion of these budget increases was due to enrollment growth, the cost-per-pupil still rose from $11,014 to $11,638, a 5.7 percent increase. Over the same period, the cost-per-pupil only rose 5.1 percent in Fairfax County and 5.5 percent in Prince William County.
The parents I speak to about the school budget are most frequently concerned with class sizes and teacher compensation. The past two LCPS operating budgets have allocated approximately $26 million for employee compensation increases, a $1,500 across the board raise in FY 2013 and a 2 percent raise in FY 2014. The operating budget has also been sufficient to keep class sizes constant, in line with the LCPS policy adopted in 2009.
As we begin the FY 2015 budget process, it’s important to remember that preliminary budget numbers are a starting point and are subject to change. I am fully committed to ensuring the needs of our students are met, as the Board of Supervisors has done the past two years.
Shawn M. Williams
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Broad Run DistrictAG recount a fundraiser for Dems
Democrats seemly are going wild again. They are claiming the GOP may try to “Steal the AG’s Race”. Of course this is another fund raising effort for the Democrat Party.
The bottom line is that the closest race in modern history is properly challenged by a recount. Other races not near as close as this one have been subject to a recount and the number of votes for those candidates have changed.
This year a more detailed recount will occur based on a law proposed by Senator Deeds, a Democrat. Democrats are probably afraid that 25,000 to 50,000 uncounted votes estimated by Virginia Democrat political analyst, Ben Tribbett may reveal a different winner.
Maybe I missed it, but I haven’t seen similar claims of stealing from the GOP.
Kenneth V. Herndon
Moneta, VAWe need leaders like Joe May
Virginia has done well over the last four years because of leaders like Delegate Joe May. The state has risen to be the #1 state for business in the nation and the unemployment rate in the Commonwealth is far below the national average. Virginia has become a new center for technology companies and innovative businesses to grow and expand good paying jobs. Earlier this year Joe wrote the provision that, for the first time, requires transportation dollars raised in Northern Virginia to stay in Northern Virginia and record funds will be available to repair our crumbling roads and bridges and to reduce congestion.
We need leaders like Joe with experience and an innovative approach to keep Virginia on the right track. I support Joe May in the Republican firehouse primary for state senate.
SterlingLighting the Menorah
I would like to thank Mr. Primo for making a passionate case for respecting our Jewish community in his Nov. 20 letter about the scheduling of the Menorah lighting. Before going forward with scheduling the Menorah lighting, the Town of Leesburg checked the propriety of the Menorah ceremony with our local synagogue’s rabbi and received his blessing and instruction on how to respectfully go forward with the ceremony on December 6th. Because the part of the ceremony centered around the Menorah includes a lesson on its meaning and significance and on the meaning and significance of Chanukah, and because the meaning and significance of this event is something all of us should understand, the lesson is worth sharing every year. The story of the Menorah is timeless. We trust our Leesburg rabbi’s judgment on this.
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