Editor: After over 20 years in “Corporate America,” I’ve learned that 95 percent of the time, company feedback is mostly negative. So, I can only imagine that it’s even worse in local and state government. (I can’t think of anything remotely positive to say about our federal government situation, right now, so I won’t go there.) And in reading the opinion columns and letters to the editor in various local publications, positive feedback seems to be on the low side.
But my family and I have thoroughly enjoyed the 12 years we’ve lived in Loudoun County. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Traffic sucks and I’m not a fan of paying seven times what my across-River-Creek-Parkway neighbors pay for their water and sewer. But when I see the scary things happening in other places in the U.S., not to mention the horrors taking place around the world, I have to stop and take a moment to really appreciate how great we have it, here.
Our water is clean, we have a solid police force and our roads (while overcrowded) aren’t endlessly pothole-ridden like they are in other areas. Our Board of Supervisors doesn’t seem to be rife with corruption, the overall quality of education we get in LoCo schools is what others have to put their kids in private school to obtain and our hospitals (especially the pediatric ER at the Lansdowne Inova Hospital) are great. And people genuinely care about each other in this community. I see daily evidence of that on social media. Yes, I’m a member of the “Real Housewives of Loudoun County” Facebook page. And every day, there’s at least one request for help from the community and people offer assistance by the droves.
Frankly, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’m minutes from the mountains, but only a half-day’s drive to the ocean. I have the nation’s capital, and all the cultural events that come with it, a mere 45 minutes away. The amount of history in our county is pretty epic. There’s certainly no lack of things to do that are both fun and educational. And, best of all, my daughter is growing up amidst a plethora of diversity that I could only have dreamed of, as a kid. Look, know that nothing and no one is perfect, so I’m not saying Loudoun is some pinnacle of perfection.
I realize that not everyone loves Loudoun as much as we do and certainly not everyone has had the same positive experiences that we have. But I still know a lot of people that have. Sure, there are things that could be better. But it’s still a damned good place to live and work. And I’d like to say thank you for that. Thank you to our local government, thank you to our schools, thank you to our law enforcement, thank you to our fire and rescue, thank you to our medical community, thank you to our local news outlets and thank you to all of the awesome residents of Loudoun County. You deserve to know that who you are and what you do is acknowledged and appreciated.
Elizabeth Robson, Leesburg