Letter: Charles Smith, Leesburg

Editor: Turmoil continues over symbols and figures vigilant people relate with racism. Statues have been removed, names changed, all in a campaign of hyperawareness. The hunt resumed this past week with a call for inventory across the county. Roads some of us have ridden on our entire lives are now suddenly offensive. The thing is, most people never saw these things that way until we were told how we should feel.   

Over the years, I’ve passed by some of these landmarks daily. To me, they were never celebrations of the past, but instead a reminder that we live in a place that’s rich in history. It’s one of the reasons tourist flock to this area. Names like John Mosby Highway never made me cringe or smile. They’ve been as innocuous as Oak Street. So, when I read there’s a proposal to spend tax dollars to change them, frankly, it seems there are better ways to use the funds. 

This year, I went to work while others were furloughed. For that, I feel privileged. I watched businesses struggle to adapt as people struggled in general. Home prices surge while wages lagged. Acres lost to development we’ll never get back. 

As a Loudouner (and person of color), there are a lot of things on my mind. Names aren’t one of them.            

Charles Smith, Leesburg

4 thoughts on “Letter: Charles Smith, Leesburg

  • 2020-12-28 at 8:25 pm

    Well said, Charles. It seems the BOS and Governor of VA are more concerned with virtue signaling than actually accomplishing anything during their tenures. These acts of virtue are merely a coverup for the fact that little is being done to fix the real problems in Loudoun County and Virginia.

  • 2020-12-29 at 4:41 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Leave the names alone and focus on making Loudoun a better place to live. Street names and statues don’t make a darn bit of difference in people’s lives. Baltimore took down all their confederate statues years ago. I still wouldn’t want to live there.

  • 2021-01-04 at 9:54 pm

    Well said. There are many more things the BOS could be doing to enhance the quality of life in Loudoun instead of catering to the perpetually frustrated folks that need to be permanent victims.

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