Editor: I was one of the many people who participated in the #ResistRecess in front of Representative Barbara Comstock’s office from April 10 to April 14 requesting an in-person town hall. She is my representative and has not represented me on the pressing issues of climate change, making the United States truly energy independent with widely distributed solar and wind, protecting the wildlife and wild places that are uniquely American, and protecting clean air, clean water and a livable planet for future generations.
Rep. Comstock’s stance on environmental and conservation issues are not for the benefit of anyone who owns private property, such as the farmers of western Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick counties as it allows for eminent domain for the private gain of fossil fuel industries. She is not interested in the people whose very livelihood depends on clean water as demonstrated by her vote to allow mining companies to dump toxic waste into that water.
Her claim during previous phone town halls that she has the interests of people, like myself, who work in the government and defense industries in mind rings false when she will not heed reports from the Department of Defense that climate change is and will continue to be a significant national security concern.
She ignores the interests of small business owners and elderly of her district when she knows full well that if there was a natural disaster in the district, which is becoming increasingly likely as abnormal weather events become more routine, they would be the most affected. How can she not use all the political power at her disposal to protect them and the rest of us with them?
Perhaps it is because few of the people of the 10th District have her attention on environmental issues. Perhaps the entities she takes direction from are in Texas and New York, from where OpenSecrets.org shows she has received significant donations. Maybe it’s of the many financial institutions also listed on that site. Perhaps they are law firms, like Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, for fossil fuel companies, like Chevron.
I can understand how holding a town hall would not be her favorite part of the job. However, she actively sought this position and has a responsibility to work for the best interests of current and future voters of the 10th District.
The following is a quote from Republican President Teddy Roosevelt. He established the US Forest Service and had this to say, “We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.”
I strongly urge the representative to hold a town hall and explain her votes and stance on environmental issues.
Amanda Tandy, Leesburg