Accentuate the positive!

To spare our all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors the pain of dislocating its collective shoulder patting itself on the back once again, we would like to hereby offer our own list of the Great Accomplishments of the Board for the year just past.

2013 was the year that our Board . . .

• Provided truly extraordinary constituent service to major campaign donor Bob Farren and his non-existent Loudoun Hounds minor league baseball franchise, an accomplishment that just might have been a little more impressive had the entire enterprise not turned out to be an elaborate sham.

• Allowed Chairman Scott York to continue to see the world at taxpayer and campaign-donor expense (but only so that he could come home to be a better county supervisor).

• Addressed our pressing local needs by unanimously adopting meaningless resolutions opposing expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and standing up for the God given free enterprise rights of the Washington Redskins to keep its inspiring, traditional name.

Cut $20 million from the school budget, even as enrollment continues to grow at 2,500 students per year, and prepared to cut $80 million next year.

• Proposed setting up an 800 number staffed by an outsourcing firm as an alternative to establishing an inspector general empowered to investigate fraud, corruption, and wrongdoing in the county government.

Threatened the Leesburg Town Council that unless they reconsidered their opposition to the planned Outer Beltway developer-dream road through the county, they would be very, very sorry that they had “bitten the hand that feeds them” and should not expect to get any of the new state transportation dollars that York controls.

• Came within days of spraying ecologically damaging pesticides in a certified-pesticide-free county nature preserve as part of its multi-hundred-thousand-dollar PR campaign to pretend to be doing something about Lyme disease.
• Bemoaned the “real problems” that the “abhorrent” state ethics law, which forbids Loudoun supervisors from voting on land use decisions that benefit recent campaign contributors, is causing them in their work.
• And, of course, sent out dozens of taxpayer-funded “news[sic]letters” in which they cut and pasted incomprehensible bulletins from VDOT explaining various road construction projects in the county which the Board has nothing to do with, urged us to participate in community food drives and cultural events by organizations whose funding the Board has eliminated, told us how proud they are of their accomplishments, shared with us the fascinating news that fall, winter, spring, and/or summer is their favorite season and they can’t believe how fast time flies, and cautioned us to stay cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and above all not to touch downed power lines. And shared their excitement over the Loudoun Hounds!
Happy New Year!
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