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January 7, 2004

I did attend Monday's Board meeting and Tuesday's Public Hearing even though I have been sick with a slight frog in my throat. Funny to hear my voice if you hear it. Sounds like its in there somewhere.

I have seen a doctor today and she prescribed some medicine. Thank you. I am beginning to feel better already just thinking about the medicine taking effect.

IS THERE NO END TO THE ROUGHSHOD BEHAVIOR OF THE GOP? (HEAVY SARCASM HERE)

Oh the inhumanity, and outrage, of it all. No Democrats have been elected to these posts either. Call AG Kilgore about this too.

The 5 Republican Delegates and 2 Republican Senators who represent Loudoun in Richmond will hold their annual Town Meeting tomorrow night, January 8th, in the Board of Supervisors hearing room, County Govt. Center, Leesburg, at 7 p.m. It is my custom to welcome them for the last four years and I intend on doing that and then going to a homeowners meeting.

Citizens can sign up to speak as early as 6:50 p.m.

There will be several bills of interest the coming year, particularly the Gov's tax increase proposal which the Washington Post newspaper pushes day in and day out. Only a clear 60 to 65 per cent of the voting public in every election do not like any tax increases, meals or sales tax increases. But now we are only hearing from tax increase boosters.

You can testify on anything you want to talk about.

BLOOD DONATION NEEDED, BLOOD DONATION NEEDED

During the Holiday and Post Holiday season, blood donations are down, so if you can, please donate some blood over at Loudoun Hospital.

Past Sterling GOP Chairman Bobby Baker, Sr. is waging a day and night vigil over at Fairfax Hospital. His wife Barb, a teacher in Sterling schools for more than 2 decades, contracted a very sudden onset of leukemia at a late age. She is responding to chemotherapy but needs a pint of blood (type O positive) each day.

Every day she waits for all urgent cases to be taken of to obtain some type o Positive blood. Consider asking yourself or a friend if they can lend a pint at the Woodburn Donor Center at 3289 Woodburn Road, just off Gallows Road. Bobby can answer questions at 703-698-2959.

Tell Bobby if you can get over there and put "Barb Baker Account" on your donated pint. I believe we can help out. Bobby's email is BBakerSR@msn.com It takes a few days to process a blood donation, so a donation today will help her next week. Thank you in advance and Barb is in our prayers.

STOP HERE IF YOU HAVE A HEART CONDITION OR IF ANY UNDERAGE PERSON IS NEARBY.

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE OLD BOARD 4 YEARS AGO THE FIRST MEETING OF THE OLD BOARD 4 YEARS AGO

Contrary to stories in the Washington Post paper and several Scott York e-mail messages, the board meeting was quite organized and professional. I remember my own first meeting 4 years ago when the newly sworn in members distributed new materials. I debated and voted against them but there were ALWAYS six to seven votes to support it.

There was no debate, unless you call allowing me to speak for five minutes or ten minutes during open discussions a debate. They were all agreed on what was going to pass. I did not call them names and question their morals. Ever.

It is quite okay to question or oppose and even express disappointment.

BUT IN FOUR YEARS I NEVER QUESTIONED THE MOTIVATION OR THE PERSONAL DECISIONS OF ANY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL, no matter how I disagreed with their decision.

Now,today, in emails, public statements and letters being posted, you hear all sorts of threats, name calling, slurs, insults and excessive language about people elected to office carrying out their duties.

" I WILL KILL YOU" DOES NOT SOUND CONCILIATORY TO ME

" I WILL KILL YOU" York Reportedly Said

Chairman York reportedly told Lori Waters " I will kill you if you let Delgaudio near Finance". I am sure he meant political death. But that kind of language to a lady by my friend 8 year Supervisor Steve Whitener got a full censure by the Board of Supervisors with even then-Chairman Dale Myers voting for it several years ago.

York got his answer to the alleged Political Death Threat on Monday from Lori Waters. She said "no thanks" to his offer of "vice-chairman" and was backed up by five votes. Maybe the liberal Post will mention the political death threat. I doubt it.

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE NEW BOARD, THIS PAST MONDAY

The board adopted rules by majority vote. The only substantial change in one set versus the other set was that MOST of the duties of the chairman of the meeting were turned over to the newly elected vice-chairman, Bruce Tulloch. Similar to the majority vote on stripping Dale Myers by Scott York 8 years ago. (Something about elected conservative ladies that has this Chairman York in a roar.)

SOME VOTES UNANIMOUS

On some of the new items passed, it was a very productive meeting with some Supervisors introducing amendments or suggesting tabling some of the brief descriptions of some of the work that the board wanted to do. Before leaving early, Chairman Scott York even voted for many of the proposals up to that point. He should put that in his e-mail too.

After the rules which limited his powers passed, Scott voted "yes" along with the six "evil" Supervisors to item 1, the administrative items report. item 3 the Resolution on making Route 606 an industrial corridor, board standing committee reports, Planning Commission appointments, (unanimous) item 5 a motion to give the school board another week for a budget, item 10 public utilities to central loudoun, item 12 rescinding the costly Heritage plan. I will check the record further.

PUBLIC PACKED BOTH MEETINGS

4 years ago, each Supervisor had a proposal to introduce and pass at the first meeting which was fleshed out and discussed at the first meeting. The first meeting was well attended. This past Monday, several Supervisors (six in the majority) introduced several items important to their districts and to Loudoun. Most of the public attending Monday's meeting applauded each item and were witness to their passing usually 6 to 3, sometimes 7 to 2 and even 9 to 0 (unanimously).

YOUR STERLING SUPERVISOR

I introduced several budget related resolutions (Action items 4,5, 6, 7 and 8) to get a handle immediately on the budget for the county. I set a calendar of six to seven work dates in January (this month!) as a result of that. NO ONE CAN REASONABLY PRETEND WE ARE NOT IN A CRISIS THAT NEEDS ACTION.

And that is much of what happened on Monday. Newly elected officials forming 2/3rds of the county, in six of eight districts who were elected by majorities, not a plurality like Chairman York, asked their fellow board members to cooperate with them on work we need to do and to reverse some policies that make our job impossible, unless they are reversed.

In my case, my election as Finance Committee Chairman took place on Monday. Most reasonable people will agree when told the truth that Eugene Delgaudio should set a priority or dates when the Finance Committee meets AFTER my election as Finance Committee Chairman.

All the howling in some quarters is based on six of 9 people agreeing to a work schedule as somehow undemocratic. As if working for Republican values should be ILLEGAL AND OBVIOUSLY WRONG.

I am asking my fellow Supervisors to continue on their path of hard work and not slow down. I am asking Supervisors Snow, Waters, Vice Chairman Tulloch, Clem, and Staton to consider using my email service as a way to keep you posted on their activities. I hope that is okay with you.

I promise again as I promised in my campaign: the budget is way over the limit and the spending has to slow down. And we must work quickly to keep taxes down, not up.

The Board moved swiftly to save many MILLIONS OF DOLLARS on Monday.

More Schools can be built that way. One measure we passed would bring the price of schools down one million dollars per school immediately by opening up 100 year flood plains to softball field use or parking lots.

If you want millions of dollars to be saved at every meeting, please take action. Liberal partisans want taxes to go UP UP UP.

WRITE TODAY. WRITE OFTEN

And I am asking you to join the online discussion at Leesburg Today, to the Loudoun Easterner Newspaper in the letters to the editor and in the email account of the full board of supervisors at LOUDOUNBOS@AOL.COM

LEESBURG TODAY STORY IS ACCURATE, LOOK FOR OTHER NEWSPAPERS TO REPORT ACCURATLY. THE WASHINGTON POST IS OMITTING MAJOR FINANCIAL ACTIONS (DESCRIBED ABOVE).

Here's "GOP Takes Control; York Pushed Aside" HEADLINE excerpt:

(QUOTE) "This is not business as usual." That is the message Supervisor Lori Waters (R-Broad Run) wanted the county staff to understand Monday as the new Republican majority seized control of the Loudoun County government. The six-member GOP bloc moved quickly.

Throughout the day the new board made it clear that the county budget will be paramount.

In his first actions in his new leadership role, Delgaudio instructed the staff to prepare a comprehensive assessment of programs mandated by state and federal governments. The board imposed a hiring freeze on staff positions. While that practice had been in place as an administrative cost-saving function under Bowers' control, the action raises it to the level of board policy. He also won support for his motion to freeze spending on employee travel expenses.

Delgaudio said the board wanted to send a messages to Bowers. "We have our teeth firmly now on the budget. They are planted in his leg." ENDQUOTE

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Circus Freaks in Town.....absolute ignorance and despotic actions .....beelzebubian beasts.....screwing....pathetic mentally incompetent turks!....zealots....sure as hell....apathetic voters Doug Reimel, former candiDate on line

Morons"? (01/06/04 at 11:26 PM)Posting To Critics

The pendulum may only have swung as far as it was pushed. So by all means keep calling the people in six of the eight districts morons. It won you this election, didn't it? (p.s.--if state code leaves the setting of certain rules in the hands of the BoS, guess what? The rules are there at the pleasure of whoever gets a five vote coalition the day they're set. I counted six. You know what else? That being the case, maybe it's time to let go of the fantasy that Mr. York's less-than-1% margin of victory over his closest opponent was really a continued "mandate" for "smart" growth.) -- Barbara Munsey

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