LTE: Thank you MWAA

Readers thanks for panel for making the case against Loudoun participating in rail.

Thank you to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) for at least being consistent in a world where so few are. MWAA, you are like the king we don’t have here in America.

People in Northern Virginia need to face the fact that kings do what kings feel like doing, consistently. Whether MWAA is ignoring Virginia’s Right-to-Work Laws or just letting a contract to the highest bidder, MWAA is, as the recent IG audit has confirmed, consistent, and that is that.

Using a union preference fits perfectly with how they operate. To some it seems wasteful and misguided, but it is not the place of subjects to impose their wishes on their master.

The general public wants to assume there should be some pretense of frugality, but kings aren’t frugal because it is not in their nature. Think about it. The IG is whining about a round trip air fare of $9,200 for MWAA kings. MWAA has decided to add $500 million, a union perk, to the amount to be borrowed by MWAA as part of the total cost of the rail project, it is perfectly consistent with MWAA's way of doing business.

If, by the time that amount is financed and interest is added, it will amount to many years of Dulles Toll Road income. But don’t waste your breath complaining because MWAA was audited way back in 2002 by the GAO and guess what, lots of mischievous going on then. Nothing has changed. When our congressman, the DCRA, the IG, the governor tell MWAA what to do... it is a JOKE.

MWAA is consistent, they laugh at everyone, they swipe that toll funded credit card to pay for a $200 bottle of wine and a yummy $2000 dinner without a second thought because they are MWAA.

Spending $100’s of thousands extra to hire friends of MWAA is no different than paying $200 for a bottle of wine, so we ought to quit whining and accept our place as subservient cash cows, at least until a real leader rises up and decides to liberate us from this oppression.

One last thought is this; I’ll go out on a limb and forecast the obvious. Within two weeks, maybe three, the MWAA Board will meet to announce for the benefit of the Loudoun Supervisors, that the union preference is being dropped. Just keep in mind that if MWAA decides to revisit the matter in a July meeting, and reinstate the PLA, they will, because they are MWAA.  

Eleanor Lockwood
Sterling, VA

Vineet Aggarwal May 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
"Liberate us from this oppression." Really? I don't understand all this drama. Anybody living in Loudoun County that feels oppressed needs to open their eyes to the rest of the world. Paying a few extra tax dollars to pay for better transportation doesn't really qualify as "oppression." This is what we would call a "first world dilemma," like the price of our massages at the spa increasing from $50 to $55. Take a look at how people live in the rest of the world compared to yourself and perhaps all this lofty conversation of kings and oppression would stop, or at least your energies would be focused on something more useful.
wahoowa May 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Welcome to the world of Obama-era conservative melodrama. Infrastructure spending? Socialism! Connecting inner-city people with the suburbs? No thanks, lieberals, I don't need your affirmative action crime fest! Economic development? Keep it to your "educated" liberal urban elite, Barry Hussein Obummer fans! First. World. Problems. The wealthy rural want to remain the wealthy rural and don't care if people get a decent public transit option. Because that would be socialist oppression!
Bob Bruhns May 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The thing is, this really isn't better transportation. There should have been dedicated BUS lanes in the rail right of way for years; by now, those dedicated lanes would probably extend past Leesburg and into the rest of the county, merging out into the regular roads where traffic is more sparse. The transit lines would have been established, and maybe rail would begin to make sense on the east side of the county. But as things are, it will be 30 years before rail actually makes sense. The cost of this false start will drive business away, not attract it, except right at the rail stations - where the your BOS is suddenly thinking about a rail tax district at this eleventh hour. I'm pretty sure the tax district was supposed to have been 'forgotten', because supposedly all those people out on the western perimeter of the county are going to have money gushing out of the ground when rail goes on on the east side of the county. Why anybody would think that, I don't know - it certainly wasn't Fairfax County's experience, and Fairfax County has had FIVE Metro stations on its east side for years - while Loudoun County was richer. Hmmm. Fairfax County stations: Three on the Orange line - Vienna/Fairfax, Dunn Loring-Merrifield, West Falls Church-VT/UVA One on the Blue line - Franconia-Springfield One on the Yellow line - Huntington Fairfax County map showing these Metro stations - http://www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/sites/default/files/pdf/fairfax_county_map.pdf
MIke May 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Interesting way to look at it... And great point that without representation, we have no say on how our tax dollars are spent. Vote NO to metro to Loudoun!
Just the Facts October 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
220 MILLION DOLLARS IN NO-BID CONTRACTS put out by MWAA Staff has still not been addressed since the IG Audit was completed. Why? Not a word from MWAA. Not a word from Congressman Wolf or the Governor. Why? I think they all have a hand in this cookie jar and its the public that is kept in the dark


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