Letter: Chris Stevenson, Purcellville

Editor: Amid the pandemic’s devastation to the county and its people, COVID has shown us something disconcerting—that in western Loudoun there are actually two Purcellvilles. And by that I mean one that is out in the open; the other that is hidden away, its people and needs out of sight. 

Except now the curtain has been lifted; what was once secret is now revealed. It seems like our job is to acknowledge its existence and bravely answer the questions it asks.

Hidden Purcellville lives with substantial food insecurity and lacks robust health insurance; it is filled with many who feel isolated and fearful of the present and future; it has a large percentage of single parent and dual-working parent households; a significant number of residents live far from supportive and loving family and thus live on without a robust social network to comfort and advise them, or to support and facilitate flourishing, especially the flourishing of their children. That is, they lack social capital.

Thankfully, this is something that “open Purcellville,” which happens to have an overabundance of social capital, can help develop if we put our mind to it. By making this concerted effort, it is hoped that the two Purcellvilles become one, and then the one becomes a complete community of increasing “haves” and diminishing “have-nots.”

Chris Stevenson, Purcellville 

One thought on “Letter: Chris Stevenson, Purcellville

  • 2021-02-16 at 10:46 am

    Mr. Stevenson attributes this “devastation” to Covid but the real cause is the panicked, ineffective and tyrannical responses to the Covid outbreak by state and county officials.

    There are always a significant number of people living on the uncomfortable margins of society. Knee-jerk government policies are often the triggering mechanism that push people out of work and further away from an ability to meet their basic needs.

    The state and county caused the destruction of numerous jobs and businesses and eliminated the prospect of these people providing for their needs. The best the BoS could do was to give a pittance to businesses who wanted to erect tents and heat them while turning libraries into unnecessary government daycare facilities.

    We need to rethink our approach to government and stop electing incompetent, petty tyrants who think they have the power to declare whose life and livelihood are “essential.” Frankly, all our lives are essential and the government doesn’t have the right to pick those who prosper and those who fall into poverty.

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