I'd like to offer a response to Mr. Douglas's commentary comparing northern Virginia to New Jersey. I too grew up in New Jersey, left for college, found myself back there for a stint after my husband initially separated from active duty with the Army and eventually landed in northern Virginia over a decade ago.

I agree that there are comparisons between the two, but Mr. Douglas overlooks the singular reason for this, which has nothing to do with political party in control of the state or local government. The reason northern Virginia is becoming more like New Jersey has to do with population density – plain and simple.

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, and this alone causes aggressive driving, a lack of common courtesy and impersonal behavior. Going to the grocery store on a weekend in New Jersey –where many towns and counties still observe “blue laws” limiting what can be purchased on a Sunday, making Saturday shopping even more of a nightmare – can feel like fighting in the Hunger Games.

Mr. Douglas failed to recognize the growing issue of exploding population growth in Loudoun. The pleas of the citizens in Loudoun to slow the growth and building seemed to be falling on deaf ears of the Republican-controlled Board of Supervisors, so it should not be a surprise that in response many felt that the only way to change course was to vote another party into power.

To some of his other points:

-Industry: According to the Times-Mirror's reporting, "Approximately $320 million in direct tax revenue has come from the data center industry in the current fiscal year, according to county staff. Recent estimates state that more than 13,000 jobs are currently associated with the Loudoun data center cluster." (Jan. 4, 2020).

Mr. Douglas attempts to compare abandoned infrastructure to growing industry. Regarding vacant commercial properties, especially in eastern Loudoun, perhaps with the changes in our Board of Supervisors we might see more incentives for builders who come in to revamp these spaces rather than always being approved to build new because they made campaign contributions to certain members.

-Drugs: If Virginia moves to decriminalize or even legalize marijuana, it would be in line with what has already happened in over half the states in the U.S. (11 fully legalized, 15 have decriminalized).

Mr. Douglas also attempted to draw a comparison between Supervisor Julie Briskman with Sen. Menendez, while failing to note that all charges against the senator were dropped in 2018. Suggesting that Ms. Briskman is likely to be corrupt just because she flipped the bird at Trump is outrageous. The fact that Mr. Douglas appears to be clutching his pearls over this while seemingly ignoring the behavior of the Mr. Trump, who has referred to the chair of the House Intelligence Committee with an expletive, bragged about grabbing women and often launches into profanity-laced tirades at his rallies.

And certainly, coming from New Jersey, Mr. Douglas knows Trump's mob-boss mentality and what his corruption looks like. Perhaps he should therefore focus his concerns on the behavior of the man sitting in the Oval Office if he truly does not want to see his current home state, and even our country, become more like New Jersey.

Janette Merrill

Sterling

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pual mase

Amerigirl

I am so tired of seeing your liberal propaganda and dem talking points all over these pages.

amerigirl

Nobody said you had to read them, Maybe try fact checking the 'propaganda' and see if you change your mind.

pual mase

Liberal fact-checking is an oxymoron.

pual mase

Nice try with the fact check canard. Can't refute the arguments so just how up the "fact check" remark. Hint: the WAPO , Media Matters, Pelosi, Schiff. Nadler, Shumer talking points are not credible sources. MSNBC and CNN have polluted many minds well. Evidence: the Russian collusion scandal that started with Dem generated "dossier", was definitively debunked.

Back to this discussion:

Public unions are legalized political corruption machines.

Unions support politicians, usually Dems, that will grant them lucrative wages and benefits. Politicians that pay up get union support for reelection. The cycle continues until municipalities go broke and/or tax the heck out of constituents.

Ironically, union members will eventually lose as benefits are cut in bankruptcy proceeding, unless of course, Dem politicians bail them out and postpone the misery.

amerigirl

Pual, first, when did fact checking become liberal?are you afraid of the truth? You have to know that there are many nonpartisan fact checking sites, right? But you know all the fact Dem generated "dossier s, yes, the one that was started by conservative political website The Washington Free Beacon to provide general opposition research on Trump and other Republican presidential candidates in October 2015. Clinton picked it up in April of 2016. Some allegations have been corroborated, while others remain unverified. The dossier, leaked without permission, is an unfinished 35-page compilation of raw intelligence.

You are entitled to your opinion on public unions. If it were not for unions there would still be sweat shops, people overworked and under paid, and child exploitation at the workplace. It is not the Dems that give them their wages. They barter with the companies that hire them, the same with benefits. Where do you think Dems would get enough money to pay them? How would having unions that has absolutely no effect on municipalities make them go broke. There are quite a few industries that will not hire unless except for union workers for simple reason of training which is provided through union apprenticeship programs.

 These stories that you have made up about bankruptcy are crazy. Do you even know how many professions are unionized? If you watch TV, the people that do the sets, lighting, the actors etc. If you go to the grocery store that food got there by a truck drive in a union. Others in the travel industry for airlines that have unions are fleet service personnel, mechanics, pilots, customer service representatives, reservation agents, ticket agents, baggage handlers, and flight attendants, and when you land you may well be staying at a hotel like Best Western, Comfort Inn, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Radisson, Ritz Carlton, Sheraton or Westin, all chains with unions.

amerigirl

ace10 do you realize how you sound when you make comments like ‘Spreading more Left Wing conspiracy theories’ when political donations are a matter of public record and anyone can look it up? Before you spout of some bias remark just because you’re fascist try seeing if the comment you are ranting is true, it’s pretty simple

LetsBreal

Are union dues confiscated by labor unions from worker's pay checks and sent to political parties (whether the worker agrees or disagrees with the agenda of the candidate or party), also public record? Forced union infusion seems to be a mainstay of the "Democratic" party. Democrat ideas: so wonderful, they must be mandatory.

amerigirl

So, you are anti-Citizens United? There is no Forced union infusion. If you want to join the union it is up to you.

Workers have the right, under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), to refuse to join a union. If you don’t want to pay the dues, don’t join the union. But don’t expect to have the benes of the union either. However, some collective bargaining agreements require a company to employ only union workers to do certain jobs. Those workers are trained, many do an apprenticeship and have to put in recorded hours of on the job training. Nonunion companies get the cheapest labor they can to make the most money they can some of those people have no training or safety regulations at all. So what is it you are saying is mandatory? If you don’t want to join a union like AFL-CIO, which will get you a higher paying job, because you will be more qualified, then enter the work force with a nonunion company

amerigirl

loudoun1965, you did not I simply restated comments I made. You made up lies about what I said. That is called slander. I guess you like how it sounded, so I think you should prove it, go back and see if you can find any of the lies you made up about me in any of the old posts. When you can’t you should apologize to me. I could take some of your statements and twist them, but I find that a disgusting, low and typically fascist.

LetsBreal

Do you know what the word "fascist" is and means, or do you just throw words around?

amerigirl

Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, seems they fit that category perfectly.

Chris McHale

Everyone keeps ignoring the crappy football of both states.

tolerantleft

The people of NY/NJ/CT that voted to mess up their own bed have moved here and are voting in the same type of liberal communists. Oh, I too came from the communist northeast.

amerigirl

Then it's not all liberal communists if you came from there. It's conservative fascist too. What makes you think that there is a mass migration to VA? Most of the people that move here do it because they have a government or other job that requires it. You are just a paranoid fanatic. I can tell because of all the name calling you do.

RoundHillGuy

Did you just blame Trump for the problems in Loudoun ? This thinking is the very definition of Trump derangement syndrome. Is there anything Liberals will not Blame Trump for?

amerigirl

BTW the way all you trump sheep make excuses and allow for his corruption is Trump delusion syndrome.

workhardgetahead

What corruption?

amerigirl

workhardgetahead What corruption? Where have you been for the last 3 years?

workhardgetahead

Amerigirl, hmmm let's see, Mueller report, no charges, impeachment, acquitted. In other words, no corruption. IT WAS A HOAX!!!

amerigirl

Workhard, Mueller report still says that trump did wrong but that a sitting president can not be indicted. He is still impeached. Trial may be acquitted but trumps lawyers, Ken Starr ($2,800 to McConnell in July 2019) and Robert Ray ($5,600 to McConnell in September 2019), payed off McConnell as soon as there was talk of impeachment. trump paid off or threatened other senators. One of his lawyers has now been found to be involved in the Ukraine mess. What juror goes into a trial and says "Everything I do during this, I'm coordinating with the White House counsel," "There will be no difference between the president's position and our position as to how to handle this." Like McConnell did? That is breaking the oath he took to be a juror and his oath of office.

Total corruption! Get the facts.

ace10

Spreading more Left Wing conspiracy theories. Good grief. The lies are nonstop.

workhardgetahead

Trump delusion syndrome is brought to you by someone with Trump Derangment Syndrome. How do you explain Trumps approval rating being better than you Lord and Savior Obama's?

amerigirl

Workhard. That is so funny, trumps approval rating are not near as high as Obama’s were. Obama hit 67%, to trump that is just a dream. In fact, trump has only passed Obama twice when you compare months in office, according to Gallup. It for a short period in his 28th month and this month. It took him over 2 years to achieve that. I thought you were Christian? You use that Lord and Savior terminology pretty loosely. What is de-RANG-ment syndrome?

workhardgetahead

Gallup's had Trump at 49% with Obummer at 46% at the same during each first term. 63% approve of Trumps handling of the economy. The highest in 20 years. Dont cry Amerigirl, just put your head in your pillow and scream.

amerigirl

Sheep is a bad word, look in the Urban dictionary. That is exactly what they are.

amerigirl

And who did that?

workhardgetahead

Again, no corruption

workhardgetahead

Amerigirl, San Francisco is hiring street and side walk cleaners. You like talking it so you may as well pick it up too.

amerigirl

work,m that is the very definition of corruption. Being a blind follower doesn't change the facts. Even if he did the most corrupt thing in the world you would still claim that.

amerigirl

worjhard, 2 words for you, anger management. Why do you feel the need to constantly attack the people who post things you don't like? It is an opinion page and they are entitled to post their opinions.. Could you stick to the articles and notattack the posters. You can make an argument against any post without having to be nasty and call names.Instead of making logical arguments you turn to abuse, that is wrong. You are old enough to understand that.

workhardgetahead

Who said the following, "the way all you trump sheep make excuses and allow for his corruption is Trump delusion syndrome"

amerigirl

reading comprehension not a strong suit? Where did I blame trump for Loudoun? Though he did break the law twice when he wanted a clear view of the Potomac from his club. His wants are more important than laws.

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