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Letter to the Editor: Don't elections count?


Editor:

Does the citizen vote actually count? In the Jan. 15 Northern Virginia Daily article, "Supervisors spar over appointments," a person would not know that it does as the chairman of the board continues with his, "I know what's best for everyone attitude."

I live in United States of America, served in the military to defend "we the people" and our Constitution, which is the work of many minds that stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise. Yes, every vote counts. The voters spoke loud and clear, but I see no evidence of cooperative statesmanship between the old guard and the new.

David Ferguson not taking Cindy Bailey's request into consideration and boldly stating, "No, because I feel like I am putting [you] on two, very responsible committees" -- no one has ever voted for Ferguson to make his personal decision on anything. It's a public office. Board members are voted in to represent their constituents, plain and simple.

I voted for Dennis Morris to leave office and not represent me. I can't speak for others, but my vote was cast for his no representation in any manner. This Shenandoah County citizen will stand vigilant, for also in the article Vice Chairman Conrad Helsley "accused Bailey of continuing her 'political campaigning,' a claim she refuted." Charging a member is not the art of compromise, it's bullying!

"You don't have to go in and retrain anybody," Helsley is also quoted. Is this to mean the vice chairman thinks he actually trains the other members of the board?

To this citizen, it's my vote, my voice and very much about my life and country.

Rex A. Ingram, Maurertown


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