Friday, March 20, 2015

Letter to the Editor - Leesburg Today

It is nice to see a supportive letter to the editor in the Leesburg Today.  It has become clear during my short time in office that some will try and exploit anything, no matter how innocuous, in an effort to destroy efforts at good governance.  Since the complaint was lodged during our council meeting, several of my other colleagues have participated in similar email exchanges between council members with nary a corrective refrain given. The hypocrisy is quite palatable
I have been accused have having an "agenda."  If representing the people and doing what is right and just is an agenda,  then so be it.  Just because I am unwilling to go along with the past established political culture in Purcellville doesn't mean I have an agenda.  As an elected official there are certain expectations and practices that are acceptable and not acceptable, and I am simply doing the job I was elected to do.    
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any" -Alice Walker
I encourage the public to be more active and involved in their local government.  That involvement is what keeps the power balance in check and holds those who hold elected office accountable.  

Dear Editor: 
Want to know a surefire way to keep residents from coming back to town council meetings? Adopt Purcellville Council member Doug McCollum's proposal to reduce e-mails between council members.

Rather than hash out some details before the next meeting, residents would be stuck listening to hours and hours of debate and questions. You would have far less transparency, because there's a good chance no one would show up.

Furthermore, Council member Karen Jimmerson is correct in noting that those interested in transparency should be happy to know that there is a "paper trail" of conversations between council members. "Transparency" does not mean "we need to know every last detail of what ever member of the council is thinking." "Transparency" means making the most relevant information open and readily available to the public. It seems to me that the Purcellville Council is far more transparent than a certain potential U.S. presidential candidate, and that's something the council should be proud of.
Joe Luppino-Esposito, Round Hill