Five members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors blatantly failed to listen to the voice of the people of the county. Maybe because they do not represent the section of the county we live in. So why should they care, right?
Maybe because they didn’t think we were eloquent enough or didn’t present our points very well. It sure seems that we were dismissed rather easily and without much thought at all, whatsoever.
Just because we live in an area that is zoned agricultural doesn’t mean we are rubes. It is not just because we want no more development. It’s a way of life. It’s country. It’s families. It’s a refuge from the grind and traffic and hustle and noise. It’s being able to have some chickens or cows or horses. It being able to have neighbors who can’t look out their window into yours. It’s having neighbors who care, and share and pitch in when help is needed. It’s not having cookie cutter homes piled on top of one another.
Our kids are safer, their lives are simpler. They get to immerse themselves into a culture that is disappearing more and more in our great country. A culture that’s farm-like and idealistic, much like it was when we were growing up. Lots of farms here in Prince William County then. They are disappearing as the urban sprawl slithers into their places. A sad note in our county’s and country’s history.
No, we don’t want more development. We want the rural crescent left alone. We want you to hear us. We elected you. You should not have your own agenda. Our voices matter, whether you like them personally or not. It’s the majority of the people that matter. You can say to yourself, “I represent the majority.” The truth is there were few there who wanted this development. The ones that mattered were there. The ones that mattered live in this area and are the ones affected by your imaginings of a greater good. We don’t want our region changed for the reasons I stated, and there are probably many more.
We are tired of politicians ignoring us. Mr. Candland, Ms. Vega an Ms. Lawson, I commend you for standing for your constituents. The rest of you, reconsider the consequences of your actions.
Norman Ray Wilson