Letter to the Editor: Shenandoah County needs to maintain balance


Shenandoah County is a wonderful area to enjoy nature’s beauty, friends, and the rural way of life. However, I believe the county is at a critical crossroads and the decisions we make as citizens in the upcoming election will determine if we maintain thoughtful balanced growth of the county’s resources for the benefit of us all.

A balanced approach to the county’s income sources (taxes), expenditures for infrastructure and growth, and an educational system that prepares our youth for tomorrow’s economic challenges, while staying true to our rural heritage is difficult at best.

Essential to a successful balanced approach in the management of the county’s affairs by the Board of Supervisors is the willingness to seek input from citizens, assist citizens where appropriate, create economic development for additional tax revenue, and provide living wage jobs.

The Board of Supervisors must be balanced in all of their decisions. This successful approach to the growth of our county requires supervisors like Steve Baker, who in a spirit of working together, will compromise when it’s best for our future, and will respect both citizens’ and other county officials’ input. That is what leadership in government is about. It is far too easy to be antagonistic and contrary during meetings, but that does not best serve the citizens of Shenandoah County.

We are fortunate to have Steve as our District 2 supervisor. He has lived in Shenandoah County his entire life, and is devoted to the land his family has farmed for more than 100 years. He has assisted constituents for their betterment, listened, learned and used citizens’ input in his balanced decisions for the improvement of our county. Steve is a farming businessman who understands how to develop and manage a budget. He is an advocate for a beneficial education system. Steve recognizes that we all benefit from our children remaining in our county with opportunities to be productive citizens.

I believe Steve recognizes the need for economic growth while remaining true to the county’s rural vision. Steve offers a balanced approach for the citizens of Shenandoah County.

Allen L. Sinclair, Mount Jackson