Thank you for publishing Mark Thiessen's recent column ("The Green New Deal means giant tax increases," Feb. 20).

I think after reading more about the "Green New Deal," state residents are likely to reject it. Here's why: in Virginia, we like to work. We're not "unwilling," as Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez says some are. Providing for our families and contributing to the economic health of the state and country is a source of pride for most of us.

The congresswoman's energy scheme wouldn't only give taxpayer dollars to those "unwilling" to work, it would make it harder for those of us who are willing to work to find it. The commonwealth has 125,500 jobs that are supported by the natural gas industry, and natural gas added $11.9 billion to the state's economy. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's goal, it seems, is not only to stop the industry's growth, but it is also to reverse it. The plan also would get rid of automobiles, so there go manufacturing jobs too.

The "Green New Deal" is a bad idea, and I commend your paper for bringing attention to its ill effects.

John Bost, Strasburg