Letter: Robert Ehinger, Leesburg

Editor: Closing White’s Ferry should concern all Loudoun citizens. 

Not only is this a charming and historic crossing in operation since 1786, it also is a convenient and efficient method to get to Maryland without the agony of driving up Rt. 15 to go anywhere north of Leesburg. This ferry crossing clearly falls within any reasonable definition of interstate commerce and should be considered as such.

Since White’s Ferry road is a public access road serving several groupings of homes, and is therefore paid for by taxpayers, it is perfectly rational to define the road that supposedly is on the property of Rockland as a mere extension of White’s Ferry road and should be taken by eminent domain so that this constant argument can be solved and the ferry operation continued.

Both our Loudoun County government and the Commonwealth of Virginia can and should solve this on behalf of the taxpayers.

Robert Ehinger, Leesburg

3 thoughts on “Letter: Robert Ehinger, Leesburg

  • 2020-12-29 at 4:54 pm

    Exactly how does that make sense? You’re asking the state to seize private land to help another private business operate? I’m pretty sure you’d be screaming bloody murder if someone proposed condemning a corner of your land so someone else can run a hot dog stand, am I right? Read the judge’s ruling — the Ferry Operators have been very bad neighbors for quite some time.

  • 2020-12-29 at 8:33 pm

    I do not understand why people can’t seem to grasp the reason why the Ferry stopped running and I’ll try to put it simply: The Ferry operators were using land that did not belong to them- period.

    How citizens can be demanding that the county or state take control of private property is unbelievable to me. You must be the same people that will blindly agree to anything the Government wants to do- even if it means taking YOUR property. The White’s Ferry dispute is between two PRIVATE entities, it’s their business, not Loudoun County’s or the State of Virginia and the excuse “It’s been operating for 200 years” just doesn’t matter. Why is this so hard to understand?

  • 2020-12-30 at 9:24 am

    Mr. Ehinger,
    You are absolutely right. This is interstate commerce. So why hasn’t our federal representative even put together a meeting of the Dept of Transportation, Loudoun, MD & Va State Officials to consider long term solutions for the Route 15 north of Leesburg, Point of Rocks bridge and the ferry issues? When do we do some long term intelligent planning and stop focusing on removing statues and other tabloid level topics of social alchemy? Is the light connecting Whites Ferry Road and Route 15 north REALLY too complicated to fix or a quality circle too complicated to install? REALLY! 🙂

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