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Letter to the Editor: We will rebuild our county


Editor:

Shenandoah County, did you know that OSHA conducted testing for asbestos just last week at the Old Edinburg School, with a price tag of $59,500 being bid for removal?

Shouldn't they have already completed the environmental studies before money was borrowed and contracts signed? I have a very simple message for Sen. Mark Obenshain: I will not support you for any public office while you continue to support this borrowing and spending abuse by our county board and the Virginia Resource Authority (VRA).

Please remember, I am vehemently opposed to the Edinburg school project and any further debt our county board continues to support. I will continue to speak out, question every decision and warn investors who consider funding building projects for Shenandoah County of the imminent collapse of our economy simply based on the business revenue loss and the population structure of our county.

We have no money to support our current school structures to keep them safe for our children attending these schools. We continue to see business closures while our county board increases spending.

Message to the VRA: do not be so comfortable selling bonds for Shenandoah County! Future boards can and will determine where the revenue needs to be spent first - saving our current school structures and core government services or risk having funding held at the state level to pay down these enormous bills created with the help of the VRA!

Future board members will promote our businesses and invite business revenue into our county, not alienate them. With this sustained revenue, we will pay down the debt our citizens agree on. We will rebuild our county the way our parents and past generations did, with hard work, sweat and tears. VRA, get out of our way!

Contents of this message were emailed to Obenshain and the VRA. Thank you to those who have signed removal petitions. I collected more signatures Saturday night at the Fort Valley ham and oyster supper.

Cindy Bailey, Woodstock


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