Letter: Alfred P. Van Huyck, Round Hill

Editor: I like Sen. John Bell. I voted for Sen. Bell. But I voted for Sen. Bell to take our rural concerns to Richmond. I did not vote for him to bring his prestige to Loudoun to bully our supervisors to vote for the AT&T Tower on Short Hill Mountains against our specific policies in the Loudoun 2019 Plan and our Zoning Ordinance, which prohibit such towers on the ridgelines.

Senator Bell’s action is wrong on multiple levels. 

1. This is a local issue with no state Dillon Rule implications.   

2. With his threats to “override” in Richmond if our Board of Supervisors vote to deny the tower, he has cast a shadow across the integrity of the Board of Supervisors. There never has been any doubt in my mind of the integrity of supervisor’s decisions. Now they must answer for a vote to approve the tower.  Was their vote influenced by Sen. Bell’s threats to override and therefore humiliate them in Richmond?

3. Sen. Bell’s action, while obviously more benign, has nonetheless the same disregard for local government democracy that we are seeing in Texas and other states. No one should condone state legislators attempting to influence local government democracy.

4. Sen. Bell claims to be “deeply committed to preserving the environment,” but his actions here say development and dollars come first.

One of my favorite lines from the movies was when the totally frustrated actor yells out, “God, did you make a mistake, or did you do it deliberately?” So, if you see Sen. Bell, and feel he has let us down, ask him, “Senator Bell was it a mistake or did you do it deliberately?”  

If it wasn’t a mistake Sen. Bell owes his constituents a much more detailed explanation than his pathetic “the firefighters” made me do it.

Alfred P. Van Huyck, Round Hill

7 thoughts on “Letter: Alfred P. Van Huyck, Round Hill

  • 2021-09-07 at 9:09 am

    Bell is now known for three (3) things…

    The first is backing the Silver Line albatross with tax dollars that shouldn’t have been spent on it.
    The second is a supreme lack of understanding when it comes to the Second Amendment and firearms laws.
    And now this… A heavy-handed threat to walk over our local government

    Otherwise, I’d have no idea who this guy is. We deserve better representation in Richmond.

  • 2021-09-07 at 11:07 am

    How many times will Democrats like John Bell stab environmentalists/conservationists in the back before people realized that Democrats use environmentalists for your vote and then ignore you?

  • 2021-09-07 at 3:58 pm

    People who vote for charlatans then want an explanation are every bit as much a problem as the office holder!

  • 2021-09-07 at 4:05 pm

    Alfred P. Van Huyck is a past president of The Friends of The Blue Ridge Mountains. The Friends of The Blue Ridge Mountains signed on to the other opinion letter here regarding the tower at Short Hill. This is likely part of an astroturfing campaign to make it appear there is greater grassroots objection to the tower than actually exists.

  • 2021-09-08 at 8:10 am

    Elections have consequences but more importantly than whether your tribe member won an election or not is WHY does the majority of Loudoun residents choose to not even vote in local elections? There are consequences when one ignores what I consider the easiest part of being a citizen in a free country supposedly of, for and by the people. PEOPLE NEED TO SHOW UP AND VOTE! 🙂

  • 2021-09-08 at 9:34 am

    Don’t forget to ask Bell where’s the best place to buy Bazookas — Costco, or Walmart?

    The fact that he claims people can buy Bazookas, shows the raw contempt John Bell holds for the intellect of the people of Loudoun.

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