Letter: Phyllis Randall, Chair at Large

Editor: The year 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the most tumultuous years in recent history. In under 12 months we faced a 100-year pandemic that closed down the entire country, sickened over 9,000 Loudoun residents, and worst of all, claimed the lives of 138 of our Loudoun family. As a country, a commonwealth, and county we are experiencing a long overdue, nationwide reckoning on race that has brought thousands of Loudoun citizens of all ages to the streets to “march for justice.” Because of COVID we were forced to learn new ways to communicate, no longer face-to-face but via online platforms where the faces of our co-workers and loved ones are in little boxes that heretofore were reserved for members of “The Brady Bunch” family. 

This year we have been required to learn phrases such as: “trace testing” and “cluster spread.” One year ago, these words were not part of our daily lexicon. In addition, tele-work, tele-health and tele-learning have brought into stark focus the absolute need for reliable broadband in the rural areas of our county. And of course, 2020 brought us a very unusual and divisive Presidential election where a full 55% of all Loudoun residents voted early-in-person or by mail. 

Yes, it has been a tough year, but from my position as County Chair I’m very fortunate to have observed something else, something wonderful, almost magical about our county. I have seen businesses provide food to first responders and hospital staff, even as they struggle to meet their revenue goals. In record numbers Loudoun citizens have answered the call to join the Loudoun medical corps. People are checking on their older neighbors, dropping off food, and visiting through doors and windows. School cafeteria workers continue to prepare food for the students they love yet can’t see, and school bus drivers drop that food off to ensure all of our students have enough to eat. Our teachers have been heroes who are committed and determined to teach their littles (and their bigs) in ways they were never trained for. We now realize the term “essential worker” does not just apply to our incredible first responders and medical staff, who truly are heroes, but also to the teenager working at the local grocery store or the food delivery person who helps keep our restaurants revenue positive. At 99.6% Loudoun produced the best 2020 Census response rate in the Commonwealth of Virginia we are among the top 20 response rates in the country. The Loudoun Chamber and Visit Loudoun worked on the “We Are Ready” campaign focused on getting our businesses back to work in the safest environment possible. Finally, the willingness by most of you to wear a mask to protect not just yourselves others has been phenomenal and a clear message that although you may not know them, you care about the man, woman or child that you come in contact with. 

Loudoun, this is who we are. In rough seas and calm waters, in joy and heartbreak, in tragedy and triumph, I truly believe we are the best county in the country. Together, we will not just survive, we will flourish. 

As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your County Chair. 

Phyllis Randall, Chair at Large 

4 thoughts on “Letter: Phyllis Randall, Chair at Large

  • 2020-11-20 at 4:21 pm

    Excellent summary of just some of what makes Loudoun one of the greatest places in America to live. Now please publish a list of the top ten priorities the BOS will be working on this coming year. I sincerely hope one of those priorities is to question how the school board is meeting its statute 22.1-79 responsibility to manage with utmost efficiency while being closed to in class student participation yet still apparently spending all of the $1.4 billion it was assigned. In Lucketts we watched a dramatic reduction in traffic on Route 15 north of Leesburg yet no road work was done during this low traffic pandemic time period. Please make sure commitments like widening this road gets into the top ten.

  • 2020-11-21 at 9:39 am

    This syrupy drivel from a person who believes 82,000 Loudoun residents are racist.

  • 2020-11-21 at 12:44 pm

    Phyllis, Phyllis, Phyllis we don’t need a pep speech, we need leadership! what are you doing to help small business owners? As the financial impact of the pandemic is affecting everyone, now is the time to look for ways to make our government more efficient and lower taxes. Please no more pep talks, no more new rules, just focus on the two items. If you can’t do this, please step aside allow someone who can.

  • 2020-12-02 at 12:46 pm

    What a bunch of hooey Phyllis, C19 is most definitely NOT the 100 year Epidemic, that was 1918. Lets see what’s really going on. Death rates per capita after 10 months: Global 0.01%; US 0.08%, VA, 0.04%, LoCo 0.03%. Notice all those less than ZERO percentages? Not pandemic numbers by long shot. What she wont tell you is Epidemic was last spring, C19 now Endemic (look up if ya dont know the diff) Seasonal. That means its like the Flus, comes along in Flu season and surges up until all the Susceptibles are hit, then dies down until new ones ready. All this is normal Epi 101 SIR Curve, basic stuff.

    So the Gov, Mayors, BOS ruined our economy for a less than ZERO impact to date ( of actual C19, the greater harms to society that far outpace C19 is political criminal/medical negligence.). Because of Ego, incompetency or flat out ill will, they refuse to change course after 10 months of data clearly show lockdowns do not work ( plenty of evidence based science to back that up, none that support).

    No one can look at a trend chart and tell you when a mandate was in or out of effect. Why? cause they don’t work and have no correlation or impact on mortality. All politics for federal funding ($12T to date). Do you know why private schools open and public not? Because Public Schools under political School board and are hacks to BOS. Private schools follow health dept. that’s right, same health dept. that LCPS follows.

    We all know C19 can not tell difference between LCPS and private ( just like Pols delusional logic that it can tell time, knows how many of you there are, and where you are and whos wearing masks. So it will get you if more than limit but not less, if after 10pm not before, if wearing mask or not. thats like saying serial killer wont kill you before 10pm, but will after) yet private schools open for months no issues. Even Parks/Rec had summer camps with no issue. Months of private school and summer camps, yet LCPS stays closed. Surprised LCPS parents haven’t torched the County yet they bow like sheep when data to date clearly shows under 19 least impacted demographic. Under 19 deaths will have many more zeros after decimal.

    The union crys yet they forget that teachers are at no more risk than public. They take same risk every time go to giant and Lowes, but C19 magically gonna nail them in school. no its not. And don’t even get me started on that quack Dr Goodfriend . He of all knows damn well C19 now Endemic Seasonal, so either he told BOS the truth and they shut him down for $ , or they are all in on it for the $. The data to date clearly shows no justification for shutdowns, yet 1 of 4 kids contemplates suicide due to social isolation. Do any of you know what YOUR kid is feeling…..

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