Letter: Samuel A. Finz, Purcellville

Editor:  As a former town manager for Lovettsville, I want to share with readers the reason for the lack of a second to a motion regarding a proclamation. In your article on last week’s Pride Month proclamation request, you wrote, “Other supporters of the resolution who gathered in the meeting room said the council’s inaction was an exhibit of bigotry and cowardice” 

Approximately one year ago, the Lovettsville Town Council identified several practical approaches to handling proclamation requests. They incorporated those approaches into a policy which they adopted. The creation of that policy took considerable deliberation and discussion. The adopted policy would allow them to approve only those requests that meet specific criteria contained in the policy. A careful reading of the policy would have determined that the recent Pride Month request did not meet the criteria, and therefore should never had been placed before the Town Council for consideration and a vote. The lack of a second by the council was directly related to complying with the policy criteria. 

If a request for a proclamation does not meet pre-determined criteria and is denied, it does not mean that the elected body does not support the communities’ interests. And, if the request does not meet the pre-determined criteria and is not approved, it does not reflect on the personal views of the Town Council or their individual views. Calling their actions as “bigoted” is inappropriate and does not take into consideration the responsibilities of local officials to create and implement policy for the good of the entire community. 

I respect the passion of speakers when it comes to expressing their personal beliefs. I believe they have the right and should continue to have the right to air their views and voice their concerns. But I am equally passionate about the rights of public officials, both elected and appointed. They, too, have rights and should not be subject to harmful allegations which are unfounded. 

I spent 17 years working on and off in the Town of Lovettsville. I worked for every Lovettsville mayor and most every councilperson and, I haven’t always agreed with their views. And I, too, voiced my concerns when I disagreed. The Lovettsville Town Council’s action on this issue was an act of consistency; consistency by following a town policy. It has nothing to do with cowardice or bigotry. I applaud the actions of the Town Council for having the guts to follow a policy that is balanced, makes sense, and most importantly is designed to prevent inconsistency regarding requests for Proclamations from the community. 

Samuel A. Finz, Purcellville

8 thoughts on “Letter: Samuel A. Finz, Purcellville

  • 2022-05-31 at 12:13 pm
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    With all due respect, I’m afraid Mr. Finz is full of poppycock. Please name one — just one — criterion that an LGBT Proclamation would violate. His silence on that issue is defeaning. There’s no getting around it. Lovettsville Town Council (minus Renee Edmonston) failed abysmally last week. Their damage-control efforts seem very lame. On a brighter note, Welcome to the Summer Season Loudoun!

  • 2022-05-31 at 12:58 pm
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    How about doing away with frivolous symbolic “proclamations” altogether?

    Especially if they’re going to be weaponized by one side or the other.

  • 2022-05-31 at 1:21 pm
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    Political bodies everywhere should abolish the creation of proclamations across the board. They are unproductive feel-good motions that distract from the general unproductiveness of elected officials.

  • 2022-05-31 at 2:35 pm
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    Good on them for having put a policy in place and then actually stick to it. Isn’t it a shame that certain people reporting the issue didn’t do the basic research necessary to find this out before they started trotting out the bigotry wagon.

    And we wonder why nobody trusts the infotainment industry any more…

  • 2022-05-31 at 2:36 pm
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    What part of the criteria did it not meet, Sam? I’ve read it a couple of times now. It was submitted by a resident. That resident was in attendance. The request was submitted on time, and was revised by the author to address all of the Town Council’s concerns. Pride month is recognized from the federal government on down in commemoration of the Stonewall riots, and the struggle of the LGBTQIA+ community to be recognized equally under the law. That would seem to indicate that it’s not politically controversial or address a matter of “individual conviction”. Unless you seem to think that recognizing the struggle of a historically marginalized community is controversial. If you’d rather LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities keep their proclamations to themselves and aren’t worthy of having their issues publicly discussed or recognized because you don’t approve of their identity, guess what that makes you? A bigot. If you’re not willing to admit that you don’t want it to even come up for discussion because you might have to put your bigotry on public display, guess what that makes you? A coward.

    I would say the proclamation’s supporters have a point.

  • 2022-06-01 at 7:01 am
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    What happens when more than 12 distinctive groups of people request a dedicated month of celebration?

  • 2022-06-03 at 3:23 pm
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    A lot of yada, yada, yada from Mr. Finz. Let’s face it, Lovettsville is now a joke town, a laughingstock not only in Virginia, but on the world stage. I got an email from a friend of mine in New Zealand who sent me a story in their press about the lack of a proclamation for Pride Month, they had been following it. But they also did a story on gun rights and how heartless pro-gun people are here. They had a picture in front of the gun shop in town, actually advertising an AR-15 for sale for $500. The story went on to say that the gun shop is less than a mile from an elementary school and this clueless, irreverant guy has the nerve and audacity to conduct business as usual even though not all of the 19 Uvalde kids are in their graves. This is the face of Lovettsville now, shame on you.

  • 2022-06-05 at 6:33 pm
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    I appreciate Mr Finz clarifying the situation.
    Once again the liberal wokesters demand they get their way regardless of policy or the law. When they don’t get it they cry “bigot”, “racist”, “fascist “ or whatever slur is their flavor of the month.
    These proclamations are worthless virtue signaling. But to the wokesters, they are bludgeons to attack their targets.

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