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Kushin: Human trafficking is modern-day slavery

In our politically divided nation, I think there’s one American value we can all agree on: everyone deserves to be free.  On June 27, the State Department released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks 187 countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking, including the U.S. This report sheds light on the hidden crime of modern-day slavery—a crime that holds more than 45 million men, women, and children in bondage. The 19th century abolitionist William Wilberforce said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” What does this mean for us? For one thing, Representative Comstock and our members of Congress should recommit themselves to protecting the integrity of this report and the U.S. foreign aid programs that help rescue slaves and put traffickers behind bars.

 

Doug Kushin

Ashburn

Kelly: On new Potomac bridge, board’s actions ‘arbitrary and arrogant’

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors wants a new bridge across the Potomac, it wants it built in Eastern Loudoun County, and it really doesn’t care whether or not Loudoun citizens agree!  Astonishing!  Construction of a such a bridge has been highly contentious for a half century, but quite without asking for public comment, the Board unanimously directed the County staff at its 29 June meeting to prepare a letter in support of a bridge.  It even specified that it is to be located somewhere east of Leesburg.  The Board’s action is arbitrary and arrogant.  It appears intended to create the impression of local support for such a bridge—support that does not exist beyond the Chamber of Commerce.  A new bridge in Eastern Loudoun County would worsen congestion here.  Our road infrastructure is already over capacity. The Board needs to re-visit this issue in a more deliberate way, with the benefit of public participation.

Jim Kelly

Sterling

Potucek: President’s behavior warrants condemnation

In the June 30 edition, you reported that, “Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R) joined the debate Thursday over comments made on Twitter by President Donald Trump about MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. Commenting on the situation, Comstock typed, “Yes the tweets went too far. Please stop.” 

Perhaps Representative Comstock could use her position as Member of Congress to formally comment on the behavior of President Trump.  She is not shy about making comments on the Congressional Record.  Since the beginning of this term she’s made 89 remarks on the Congressional Record, more than any other member from Virginia.

However, unlike all other representatives from Virginia, over 90 percent (84 out of 89) of Comstock’s remarks are “Extensions of Remarks” which are “speeches, tributes and other extraneous words.”In other words she has used her time in Congress this year to make statements about Redskins draft picks (yes, seriously), wineries and business openings as compared to the substantive statements made by her Republican and Democratic colleagues in the Virginia Delegation.  It’s time for Representative Comstock to represent her district which overwhelmingly rejected Trump in the 2016 election, and go on the Congressional Record with her concerns regarding his treatment of women and the media.

Guy Potucek

Ashburn

Dunning: Why does LCPS pay teachers more at Purcellville high schools?

Jameson: Human services council supported

Lockwood: Is the county’s bid process fair?

LaRock: Metro tax would spell trouble for Virginia—and especially Loudoun County

Stone Bridge Student: Teachers deserve to paid more

Reid: Paying for Metro: Add residences to Silver Line plan

Flannery: Remove the statue. History shows us it is about slavery.

Eisert: Farmwell Road Widening

LCPS Parent: Facing the bully in the room

Meyer: Clarifying the ‘transition’ debate

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