LTE: Thanking Kaine for Metro

Algonkian supervisor candidate, husband pleased with rail vote.

Dear Editor,

If there’s one thing everybody can agree on these days, it’s the need for a stronger economic recovery, and here in Loudoun, we’ve got a great opportunity to make that happen. I’m talking, of course, about Dulles Rail. Since we are no longer commuting into town every day, we won’t be taking Metro to get to work but there’s another reason people like me and my husband are so excited that the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors made the right decision and opted in to Phase II of the project: economic growth.

Dulles Rail will bring long-term, sustained economic development to Loudoun and all of Northern Virginia. According to George Mason Professor Steven Fuller, the numbers are almost unbelievable: with rail, the average salary will almost double in the next 20 years, the value of our products will do the same in only ten, and the project will create thousands of jobs.

But with all the excitement, we sometimes forget to thank those responsible, so I’d like to take a moment to thank Tim Kaine for his efforts. After decades of promises from governors before him, Kaine pushed this project beyond planning and into reality, working together with Republicans for the benefit of Virginians. He’s always been committed to investing in infrastructure, and Dulles Rail is just one example of Governor Kaine’s policies paying off.

In the Senate, we need representatives who will continue to make achievements like this possible, and November is the perfect time to show Tim Kaine our appreciation.

Denise and Bob Pierce
Sterling, VA

[Editor's note: Denise Pierce ran against Supervisor Suzanne Volpe in the 2011 election for Algonkian supervisor.]

joe brewer July 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Yes lets look at Kaines record and yours. He gave a 3.5 billion dollar property as our sole contribution to phase 2. How did that work for us? Besides getting us for the property they now get the 100 million dollars a year in tolls mainly from Loudoun taxpayers and on top of thay we contribute 4.8% of the cost of rail whatever that turns out to be. How much you ask does MWAA contribute, 4.1% of which I am sure a large portion of that is toll road money sucked from the pockets of Loudoun residents thanks to flippy-floppy Reid. Who gains the most from rail? Thats right the airport yet they pay the smallest amount ( see Kaines remarks on his last Loudoun visit). Yes Kaine's policies are paying off for the airport authority. Stephan Fuller is real good when it comes to history but has been debunked as a seer. He probably predicted you would win! Feel free to spout off here as the people of Loudoun have spoken about your opinions and thoughts. We choose Supervisor Suzanne Volpe instead of you, shouldn't you contemplate the reasons?
CC Mojo July 10, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I agree, Denise and Bob. I think that we don't offer enough thanks when things go well, and the rail project was so vital to our area, it's good to see politicians looking out for the rest of us. Thank you, Mr. Kaine, for your efforts in getting Metro to Loudoun - I'm excited for our future!
MIke July 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
The Feds Opted out, the State Opted out, and our entirely republican board could not see the writing on the wall? This will be a huge mess for Loudoun, and not the rosy picture that Fuller's (funded by metro developers) study indicates.
Ellie Lockwood July 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Kaine quite literally gave MWAA the Toll Road. Thank him?? How about a well placed kick in the seat of his pants? Hard to imagine the damage he could do if he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
David A. LaRock July 10, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Dulles Rail: Call it Kaine's Katastrophe w/video http://loudounoptout.blogspot.com/2012/02/tim-kaine-and-loudoun-county-chamber-of.html
Thad Hunter July 10, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I don’t think Virginians will share you enthusiasm for Tim Kaine’s accomplishment as they pay for constantly increasing Dulles Toll Road fares to fund metro or abandon it and endure more congestion on 7 and 50. Do you remember that Kaine’s main campaign promise in 2005 was to fully fund transportation? When Kaine took office, Virginia had a surplus but only a week after he was inaugurated he proposed a surprise and radical set of taxes. Then he continued to engage in a four year taxing food fight, ostensibly to pay for transportation, so he could divert money to his pet priorities. He finally gave up and punted the issue by handing the Dulles Toll Road to WMATA so he could be Obama’s DNC Chairman during his fourth year in office. Furthermore, Kaine’s deal was that the Dulles Toll Road was suppose to be Virginia’s total contribution to metro, which the tax payers in Fairfax and now Loudoun have been lulled into forgetting. Do you recall that your man of accomplishment couldn’t find ~$1b in unspent VDOT funds while proposing his tax increases? Do you recall his remarkable accomplishment in having his novel transportation taxing scheme declared unconstitutional? What we need in the Senate are fiscally responsible politicians who have the courage to say no to spending this country into oblivion. But congratulations to you and the five supervisors who just bought the most expensive two miles of rail in America all for a few thousand commuters.
David A. LaRock July 10, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Hey hey Timmy K... the great Achiever http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RDXkpu0L3VQ
David A. LaRock July 10, 2012 at 04:35 PM
George Allen - Promoting Job Growth and Smaller Government http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=ogOvSHNe19U&NR=1
David A. LaRock July 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Hey Mojo, sounds like you are lovin the Timmy Kaine legacy of high taxes, crazy traffic, and soaring tolls. Yes you Kaine!
CC Mojo July 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Awwww, it looks like YOU missed ME, Piggiepoo!
Bob Bruhns July 10, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I believe there will be riots in January when the public wakes up to the ripoff that has been accomplished here. I wouldn't have as much of an issue with all of this, if the costly reality had been honestly presented, and if the constuction price had not been 1.8 times what it should have been. But instead, we were played. Now we will be paying a very VERY great deal, and in a surprise-a-minute fashion. By the way, I understand that some government agency is measuring traffic flow on the Fairfax County side roads that will be flooded with refugees from the usurious tolls on the Dulles Toll Road. I suspect that this is in preparation for justifying the Billion dollar bonds I was talking about, when rioting breaks out over the totally jammed roads. Hopefully that particularly painful surprise will be over quickly, but it may drag on for a year or more. Too bad people didn't pay attention and see this coming. But wait, there's more! Then there will be the Super Secret Rosslyn Tunnel Expension surprise and the WMATA maintenance and Capital Needs Inventory surprise as well. We live in interesting times, and they are about to get a lot more interesting - just after the election, of course. Meanwhile, I assume that the pen-name posters are still here because they still need to make sure that the landowners at the rail stations in Loudoun County don't pay much tax on the historic windfall that they are about to receive.


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