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April 6, 2017

Posted 2017-04-06

    On Tuesday, March 28 the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors met to discuss the tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Good grief, what a fiasco.

    After listening to the senseless and self-serving debate, I ask one question of these six elected employees of Shenandoah County: Whom are you working for?

    It’s obviously clear that these supervisors are not working for the residents (the employer) of Shenandoah County, regardless of what they say.

    Instead of working for the betterment of the county, three board members are working very hard to destroy the county infrastructure (not funding capital improvements), reduce the standard of living of nearly all its residents (not funding county employment), ruin the education for its current and future generations (not funding education) and endanger the safety of nearly all its residents (not funding police, fire and rescue).

    Trying to follow the disjointed debate, it was very easy to understand that supervisors need to financially support education and take advantage of the benefits of learning math; maybe that education can also help these six supervisors come to understand their civic duties as elected officials to be active supporters of Shenandoah County’s future. Ah, another question: Do you really like living here? It sounds like you don’t.

    The board is not working for its employer — the residents of Shenandoah County. When employees don’t work for the employer, employees need to get fired.

    The conversation at the back of the room on the upcoming election sounded like it was working for the county more than the discussion at the front of the room.

    Really disgusted.

Lisa Currie

Toms Brook


    In response to your March 30 article entitled “More GOP woes: Neese abandons party,” I am writing to present a different point of view.     

    The fact Dick Neese decided to run as an Independent for District 1 supervisor rather than face me in a primary is hardly a “GOP woe.” The county Republican Party voted a primary as the means for selecting candidates for supervisors for the November election. I was the only District 1 supervisor candidate to collect the 125 approved District 1 signatures and qualify. Dick Neese did not.

    Your article describes me as “a retired federal government employee and local political activist.” I am a farmer with my husband, living in Shenandoah County since 2003.  I am a retired Lt. Col, USAF, having spent 20 years in uniform, serving at NSA, the Pentagon and other locations. 

     In addition, I have been a college professor, and have a PhD from Catholic University of America.  I admit to being politically active.  I am currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, serving as Chairman for District 1.

    I decided to run for District 1 supervisor because I believe the four-term incumbent has increasingly ignored the Virginia Republican Party creed of free market, low taxes and limited government, which I wholeheartedly support.  

    I invite you to check Dick Neese’s voting record, and most importantly to observe his actions, which are more relevant to his record than the statements you quote in your article.

    In conclusion, my candidacy and Dick Neese’s decision to run as an independent rather than attempt to face me in the Republican primary is not a “woe” but good news for the GOP, and for our county.

Karen Kwiatkowsk

Mt. Jackson