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New regional jail is a monkey on our back


The decisions of our current Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to make and act upon polices on our behalf soon will be evident when and if the shovels turn in Front Royal.
Board of Supervisors members of all three counties formed the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority and agreement. They sit in their board chamber seats with defiant faces when opponents are present. Members refuse to answer legitimate, intelligent, financial-based questions about the jail. When greedy, power-hungry politicians get a taste of what they think they can do and realize they can do it by raising our taxes, we are all damned.

The building projects of the last several years will be a significant imposed debt struggle. Now the plan is a monkey on our back in the form of RSW regional jail. Warren County is foaming at the mouth to have a ground breaking date.

Warren County will benefit above all. Among other issues, they only have a few miles to transport prisoners. The negative side will bring families and assorted friends of the prisoners. Wait until they get a load of what is coming with that scenario.

Does anyone want to talk about security for the Front Royal community? I'm not talking drunk in public here. I'm talking deluxe types from Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties. Jail officials will have to rent beds (double bunk) in order to keep the jail open. Yes, there will be a security breech and the community will scramble in a 911 fashion.

Shenandoah County taxpayers will now bear the brunt in a fierce effort to stretch tax dollars for life-saving efforts of fire and rescue, public safety for police, deputies and teacher salaries. Pay raises for these folks will be null short- and long-term.

Shenandoah County citizens and taxpayers have had our Virginia state constitutional rights taken from us. We did not have an electoral vote or the chance to vote on a referendum (for or against) the jail. When all is said and done, all we really have are our constitutional rights.

Marsha Shruntz, Strasburg


I would have more empathy toward the anti jail people if I didn't have to hear about our constitutional rights being violated all the time. I'm not sure which constitutional right we are not getting...is there some sort of alternative state constitution that I am not aware of? It feels like a civics lesson gone wrong. If you want more people to get behind you, stop telling everyone that their constitutional rights are being violated when it is simply not true.

Aw jeez-oh-flip, Miller, be happy to listen to rants about jails. Much better than crop circles mapping out battle plans for end-of-the-world invasions by flying saucers making planets whirl from their orbits to appease long dead Mayans.


Today's civics lesson, yes, when elected leaders make decisions on behalf of their constituents it's called Democracy. This is what the US Constitution was founded on--a representative democracy,

If we, as a country were dependent on ballot initiatives for every little thing, I dare say that such abhorrant standards as Jim Crow laws would still be alive and well.

Which by the way, likely would likely not be the case with the regional jail given how thoroughly all of this was vetted over many years. I suspect all the fussing is due to a very vocal minority who finally started paying attention and woke up to the issue. Note this is based on the rather silly arguments being made against the jail. Do you really believe a state-of-the-art jail will have security breaches? Come on---get real!


I guess you don't think ANYONE would be able to escape a Federal SUPERMAX Prison either, BUT THEY DID!!!!

Oh my, you're right. I seem to recall though that this is a regional jail which likely will house our typical meth heads, dope smokers, check forgers, drunks, etc. This is not the same security risk as say someone convicted of capital murder....

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