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Anyone submitting letters to the CV should know they risk suffering the local peanut gallery’s slings and arrows, and Mr. Braswell’s January 16th response to my letter two weeks earlier was typical of the foaming Mad Dog take no prisoners approach that we’ve come to expect from today’s Replican’ts.
His claim that “we’re a republic and not a democracy” inadvertently exposed a long-standing truth about conservatives. that they’ve always been devoted to protecting oligarchies of privilege, whether they are national, regional, or local.
And his use of antediluvian rhetoric dating back to the Republican’s days of wailing in the wilderness in the 1930’s, or reprising John Birch Society’s slogan from the 1960’s is no coincidence. Nor should his hypocritical indignation when exposed come any surprise.
Yet, a far greater insult is the way our local officials treat people. Even with a board supposedly divided between “aggressive fiscal conservatives” and sclerotic get-along-to-go along’s their attitudes about protecting privilege are quite similar.
Like the boards recent efforts to persuade a nonprofit group to raise seed money for a Lake Anna Rescue Station, or through years of inaction forcing another group to raise money to get the ball rolling on covering the county pool. Whatever money either of these groups raises it will be a pittance compared to the over all costs.
And that’s the point, give people the illusion they are “doing something,” while continuing to kick that problem down the road. While the Lake Anna rescue station is indeed a pressing need, it is as several commentators pointed out at the January 21st board meeting “one of many needed throughout the county.”
While I applaud the Boards new Chair and Vice chair's efforts to put the County’s long term fiscal planning on paper to assist them with “prioritizing the County’s needs with what they can afford.” Given the Chair’s stated desire to “make sure we’re not caught in a bad situation,” with regard to the James River Pipeline their lack of urgency thus far on this issue is puzzling.
Especially since all planned development along the 250 corridor and much of the County’s projected economic growth hinges on a sustainable source of water. With that in mind, now is a good time to ask your Supervisor the following questions:
Do they accept the findings of Aqua Law’s report, and believe GAI Consultants Inc., fresh oversight of the archeological dig is adequate?
Does the Board intend to order an independent investigation of:
- The Timmons Group role in advising the JRWA, and “expediting” the pipeline permit process?
- County officials’ actions while serving on James River Authority from 2015 to present?
Will they make available to the public, Timmons proposed alternative routes for the pipeline, locations for the pumping station, and their respective costs?
Is there a plan B, for the Crossing Pointe development in Zion’s other than the Green Springs wells? And is the Board prepared to order an independent review, and not depend on the developers “revised analysis?”
Finally, with the County poised to approve ½ acre lots in developments around the lake, and increased density at the Cutalong development. Will they conduct an impact study on corresponding increases in ground water usage?
Editor’s note: this letter originally appeared in the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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