Letter: Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

Editor: I have come to think of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors as the “Me Too” gang. There is not a single progressive notion that his board doesn’t want to apply to Loudoun County with no thought to any unintended consequences. 

Supervisor Briskman leads the way with too many examples to mention. Chair Randall believes we need a Police Department, after all Fairfax has one, and now Supervisor Saines is on board with a tax on plastic bags mainly because Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County are doing so.

Previously, this board was all-in on encouraging/mandating the use of masks and gloves without any plan on mitigating the resulting medically contaminated trash that is still present in our parking lots, paths and neighborhoods. I don’t recall a single effort to educate the public on the proper disposal of any of these items.

Now, they appear to want to ignore the significant health risk posed by the use of reusable grocery bags. Studies have shown these bags can sustain the Covid-19 and flu viruses, spread viruses throughout the store and are highly likely to transfer pathogens to store employees and shoppers, particularly at high contract points like conveyers, food scanners and grocery carts. A safer concept would be the board working to support grocery stores recycling programs. Bins are conveniently provided for the return of plastic bags that are then recycled into hundreds of useful items.

Until its safe enough to finally eliminate the need for masks, this is a proposal that should go nowhere. 

Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

8 thoughts on “Letter: Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

  • 2022-01-03 at 6:39 pm
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    The point of the program is to phase out plastic bags used for accommodating purchases. I think that’s a laudable goal. If a 5-cent fee is required to help get us there, so be it. That’s really not going to throw anyone into dire poverty. Ultimately, I don’t want to see any plastic bags used for accommodating purchases. It’s wasteful & bad for the environment. Happy New Year Loudoun!

    • 2022-01-04 at 9:08 am
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      Funny how all the Lefties are using the word “fees” to describe a tax scheme.

      It’s a Regressive tax. Which will impact low and moderate income families disproportionately. Not that the (D)s actually care about that sort of thing…

    • 2022-01-04 at 11:25 am
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      What is it you don’t understand about RECYCLING??? A tax is still a tax, and this proposal also still carries a significant health risk.

  • 2022-01-03 at 7:25 pm
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    Briskman has been a disaster as a supervisor and a complete embarrassment to LoCo. When someone is elected to office because they are famous for a childish act, you can’t expect much from them, but she has been worse than we could imagine. She is a puppet for Randall and is just not an intelligent person at all.
    I get it Loudoun, you all thought her act was cute and you gave her a nice reward because you all wanted to give the finger to anyone who supported (or didn’t complain non-stop) about President Trump, but it’s time to get back to serious business and elect people who are competent.

    Also, Supervisor Randall wants a police dept. so she will be able to appoint a chief whom she can control, thus removing the power from the people again. You see, Democrats are all about power- they crave it, even though they have no idea what they are doing with it, they just know it’s something they want more of.

  • 2022-01-04 at 7:16 am
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    Remember when we went to plastic bags because we were cutting down forests on a daily basis to provide paper bags, I do!
    See Goose Creek, see proposal for Bles Park and the BoS wants us to trust them on environment issues, not!

  • 2022-01-04 at 1:04 pm
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    Here’s a thought. If eliminating plastic bags is the real goal, why not pass an ordnance that they are no longer to be provided by stores? That wold eliminate he problem all together. Or is additional tax money the real driver? I’m old enough to remember when you didn’t have a choice, it was paper or nothing. At least now we have an option of reusable bags.

  • 2022-01-04 at 2:47 pm
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    In areas where there is a Plastic Bag tax, other types of plastic bag sales have increased. And these bags are thicker and heavier and are 1 time use only. So, does this really keep plastic out of the land fill?

    People need plastic bags to line small trash cans, pick up dog waste, some people wear them inside winter boots to keep their feet dry, etc., etc.,

    Be careful what you wish for…..

  • 2022-01-04 at 3:49 pm
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    After paying a fortune on groceries and the tax that goes along with does anyone believe that I’m not going to spend another $0.25 for the bags to carry them in. And the thought that I’m going to carry around a reusable bag is laughable. Plastic bags will stay around and I will continue to use them.

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