Letter to the Editor: Shenandoah County: Forward or backward

Editor:

Where are we going? Leadership of “no” will put us in a downward spiral. This affects county residents of all ages, including seniors. All I have heard is cut budgets, but no recommendations of what services to cut? Supervisors need to get in the trenches, see what is going on and listen to personnel at the grass roots level. Quality services are expensive! Will the “no” responses prevent funding and reduce staffing? Police, fire and rescue squads may not be there for you in an emergency. Funding cuts and poor employee moral will impact you!

The county must improve economic development to increase the tax base and provide jobs. Until campaigning, the “no team” was against it. We need action at every meeting, not hollow words for an election. Business recruiting requires forward thinking, county government and strong schools. We need an improved tax base with new businesses, otherwise your taxes will continue to increase, creating the downward spiral.

Schools are key! We have many good students. However, all students need a good education and skills. Limited resources and loss of good teachers is a problem. We are in the 21st century. Education is not what us seniors experienced in school. State requirements are expensive. What programs do we cut? We need to increase student skills training for job preparation and that is expensive. The new Long-term Facilities Master Plan for schools will save money in the future. Our “no” supervisors do not understand it.

Let’s move forward with responsible county government that works cooperatively through compromise. Needed services are not cheap. We need supervisors working cooperatively with others to solve problems. Voting “no” arbitrarily with preconceived ideas and not reviewing facts is irresponsible.

We as voters can move Shenandoah County forward by replacing the “no” supervisors with two new supervisors. We need Karl Roulston, an experienced, successful local business man, who works cooperatively with others to solve problems. Dennis Morris and I have served on county committees. He is experienced and a true team player.

We as voters can move Shenandoah County forward by replacing the “no” supervisors.

Karl Roulston is an experienced, successful local business man who works cooperatively with others to solve problems and Dennis Morris is experienced and a true team player. They are both positive assets to Shenandoah County who can be trusted.

Ray Powell, Woodstock

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