Letter: Pamela Lane Baldwin, Lovettsville

Editor: I find it ironic that demonstrators in favor of reopening Loudoun immediately—and (apparently) totally—chose to make their case on a day when Loudoun recorded 121 new cases of Covid-19, the highest number yet for any single day since the outbreak began.  

Although I was not there, the photos I saw of people’s signs showed no acknowledgement whatever of the challenges Chair Randall and other Loudoun leaders face in responsibly balancing health vs. economic factors that simply don’t line up neatly in either direction.Instead, they suggested that she shouldn’t be paid.Nor did they appear to be social distancing, or wearing masks. Do they believe they are immune?

Rather than just demanding immediate opening and expressing resentment of those trying to balance competing challenges at a unique and challenging time, how about acknowledging that we have all had to face those challenges, compromises, disappointments, and yes, financial issues because of a terrible event that no one foresaw?

The county has not ignored the economic hardships that businesses and their employees have faced as a result of the pandemic.In the small business sector, the county has offered small grants that do not fully cover losses, but they do help.And many such businesses, such as restaurants, have found innovative ways to operate and keep serving their customers, albeit at reduced levels.We are all suffering loss and hardship in one way or another, but we need to think about the much greater loss being suffered by those who have been sick or have lost loved ones to the pandemic.No one is immune—literally—and we are all in this together, doing the best we can.This is not a black-and-white, two-sided argument over health vs. jobs or money.This is a complex, nuanced challenge that we all—including our elected officials—need to face together.

To Chair Randall and the other supervisors, I say thank you for your service, and be assured that the vast majority of your constituents understand very well just how hard your job is at a time like this.

Pamela Lane Baldwin, Lovettsville

5 thoughts on “Letter: Pamela Lane Baldwin, Lovettsville

  • 2020-05-24 at 3:48 pm

    Just to be clear Pamela wasn’t that also the day when we had the highest number of tests done? More tests more positives who would of thought that could happen. Just like taxes that Randall chose to raise she also lumped us in with counties that have far greater metrics than Loudoun does. We don’t thank her we damn her!

    • 2020-05-26 at 9:18 am

      Yes, Jonathan, but let’s be clear: the testing did not create the cases, it only revealed them. And in doing so, it confirmed that we are far from being out of the woods on the coronavirus crisis. I don’t want to stay at home any more than you do, but I do want to be safe. There is simply no arguing with the fact that greater exposure leads to greater risk, and that is why we need to move very cautiously toward the normality we all look forward to.

      • 2020-05-28 at 11:17 pm

        “Experts” are all over the place and in virtually every instance here “experts” have panicked and overreacted to the detriment of the American people. They quite literally have no clue what they are doing.


        Could nearly half the population not already infected with SARS-CoV-2 be immune to it from having already contracted other forms of coronavirus in recent years?

        That is one implication of a major study conducted by over a dozen researchers from several microbiology and immunology institutions in the U.S.

        The purveyors of panic are warning of a second wave of the virus and that even if we are correct in asserting that the general fatality rate is extremely low for most people, it will still result in millions of deaths worldwide if we need 70 percent of the population to get the virus in order to achieve herd immunity. Putting aside the fact that their strategy of lockdown doesn’t provide a solution to this hypothetical problem either, even as it kills more people from the collateral damage, there is now promising evidence that more people might already be immune to the virus.

        Understanding adaptive immunity to SARS-CoV-2 is important for vaccine development, interpreting
        coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pathogenesis, and calibration of pandemic control measures.
        Using HLA class I and II predicted peptide ‘megapools’, circulating SARS-CoV-2−specific CD8+ and CD4+
        T cells were identified in ~70% and 100% of COVID-19 convalescent patients, respectively. CD4+
        T cell responses to spike, the main target of most vaccine efforts, were robust and correlated with the
        magnitude of the anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG and IgA titers. The M, spike and N proteins each accounted for
        11-27% of the total CD4+ response, with additional responses commonly targeting nsp3, nsp4, ORF3a
        and ORF8, among others. For CD8+ T cells, spike and M were recognized, with at least eight SARSCoV-2 ORFs targeted. Importantly, we detected SARS-CoV-2−reactive CD4+ T cells in ~40-60% of unexposed individuals, suggesting cross-reactive T cell recognition between circulating ‘common cold’ coronaviruses and SARS-CoV-2.


  • 2020-05-25 at 4:19 pm

    I am continuously stunned by the number of people begging to be confined and demanding everyone else join them in prison.

    The Governor and the BoS are in far over their heads. The so-called “experts” seem to change their minds on a weekly basis. Just now the CDC reversed itself on how long Covid remained a threat on surfaces after initially telling us it might last for days. Now? “sorry, we were wrong” as people continue to suffer the consequences for their ineptitude and panicked over-reaction. And the Governor, demanding everyone “social distance” pops up at the beach without his mask. I guess he was out of shoe polish and
    his KKK uniform was out at the cleaner.

    Stay at home if you must. Wear a mask, wash your hands. Just stop demanding that everyone else obey your whims.

    Egregious errors and poor judgement are not quite “nuance” but I hear that every time the media and government wants to pretend citizens can’t and ought not be trusted to make up their own minds.

  • 2020-05-28 at 11:43 pm

    Pamela Lane Baldwin professes shock that people in favor of re-opening Loudoun would do so on a day when Loudoun recorded 121 new cases of Covid-19. A couple of observations:

    First of all the date and time for the event was already scheduled ahead of time. Logistically it is almost impossible to reschedule based on something else happening the same day.

    Secondly, has Ms. Baldwin forgotten what happened on Wednesday, just two days prior to the scheduled rally? Oh that’s right – the county provided over 1,700 free Covid-19 tests, no appointment needed. The increase in the number of cases is an artifact of increased testing. The more tests, the more cases.

    Ms. Baldwin also apparently overlooks that almost all government functionaries from Ralph Northam on down have drastically moved the goalposts. In the old days – back in late February and early March, the purpose of the lockdown was to ‘flatten the curve’, protecting our hospitals from being overwhelmed by the multitudes of stricken Covid-19 patients predicted by the experts’ models. Of course when the models were shown to be wildly off, rather than acknowledge this and lift the lockdown, the apparatchiks kept the lockdown in place, extending the date to re-open every few weeks, with no very clearly defined goal in sight.

    To add insult to injury, when Northam finally deigned to allow Virginia to move to Phase 1, the feckless leaders in NoVa petitioned to be allowed to stay in lockdown even longer. To their shame, the Loudoun County BoS voted to go with the rest of NoVa, even though Loudoun’s numbers were much better than the rest of NoVa.

    Given these facts, to praise Randall for courageously making the hard decisions and balancing competing rings a little hollow. The damage to people’s livelihoods is real, and if continued will lead to more deaths from multiple causes than from Covid-19 itself. As Thomas Sowell once said, ‘There are no solutions, only trade-offs.’ Ms. Randall and the majority of the Board are doing us no favors by pursuing a ‘solution’ that ignores this reality.

    Jon Garber, Leesburg

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