Letter: Lauren Harris, Leesburg

Editor: The City of LA cut its police budget by $150M; homicides are up 44.9% over 2019. Seattle cut its police budget by 18%; homicides are up to the highest numbers in 26 years. NYC cut over $1B from their police budget; they’re experiencing a “surge of violence.” 

Should Loudoun County follow suit? 

One of the most alarming policy agendas pushed by the Democratic majority is their effort to defund the police, while turning Virginia into a safe harbor for criminals. They are actively working to reduce sentences for criminals of all stripes, including the most violent killers, sexual predators, and thieves. Coupled with efforts to make careers in law enforcement far less attractive and less lucrative, filling thousands of positions now vacant will be next to impossible. These efforts are in sharp contrast to ongoing Republican-led initiatives seeking to preserve safe streets and secure neighborhoods by properly training and funding law enforcement.

This November, our votes will establish Virginia’s path forward where we will either prioritize safety in our communities or follow the footsteps of LA, NYC, and Seattle. 

I, for one, believe in the rule of law and fully support our law enforcement. I’ll be voting red for soon-to-be Governor Younkin, LT Governor Sears and AG Miyares and to re-elect Delegate Dave LaRock. Will you join me?

Lauren Harris, Leesburg

6 thoughts on “Letter: Lauren Harris, Leesburg

  • 2021-10-08 at 9:06 am

    And the rest of us do not believe in the rule of law and we do no support our law enforcement. In fact, every Democrat I know wants to get rid of all police and replace them with mall guards.

    In case the sarcasm was lost, you are creating a false choice that does not exist.

  • 2021-10-08 at 10:06 am

    Yikes, the writer says Democrats want to “defund the police.” What does that mean? No money for police? I don’t know any Democrat who would support that. This really is a boogeyman issue for Loudoun County. Unfortunately, that’s the fear-mongering tone that Glenn Youngkin has set. Terry McAuliffe has a strong track record of supporting law enforcement. Please vote Loudoun!

  • 2021-10-08 at 11:08 am

    Interesting. But didn’t those cuts happen after the statistics were gathered. And aren’t the cuts actually a shift of funds to mental health and family services?

    Speaking of Dave LaRock. Is this the same guy who got in trouble for trespassing and destroying opponents signs? And who attended the “Stop the Steal” rally and supported an insurrection against the United States of America? Law and order indeed.

    But for me, this election is about the lies. The lies about the election. The lies about Critical Race Theory. And the lies about LGBT people.

  • 2021-10-08 at 11:27 am

    Well, bless your heart. No.

    I find is hysterical that you don’t see the irony in demanding law and order while voicing for a support for a man who has faced criminal charges in his own community and egged on the Jan. 6 insurrection. I mean, really? Are you not aware of the ridiculousness of your argument?

    LaRock has terrible judgment. And he is terrible for our community. Thankfully we have a same alternative with good judgment who won’t grandstand about conspiracy theories, demand our college students be at higher risk to contract Covid-19 on Virginia campuses and spend his time in Richmond proposing legislation to steer taxpayer dollars to homeschoolers (including his own).

    Vote for Paul Siker. Vote for sanity.

  • 2021-10-08 at 1:30 pm

    The Lefties want us to misremeber the past year and a half of protests. And demands. We’re misunderstanding what they meant by the word “defund,” as if it could have more than one.

    They want us to ignore the fact that the (D)s in Richmond have gone all-in on pro-criminal and anti-LEO policies.

    It was all a fever dream, they say.
    Violent crime is up. And the public opinion is turning against their agenda. The statistics don’t lie.

    All those “progressive” prosecutors that George Soros has paid for across the nation are paying HUGE dividends for achieving his lawless world view. Look at the the Illinois prosecutor who just declined to charge five shooters who engaged in deadly shootout in Chicago. She said that it was “mutual combat,” no different than a fistfight between two drunks outside a bar.

    Of course Loudoun is blessed with Buta Biberaj, another Soros-appointed prosecutor. A true menace to a civilized society. Offering lollipops and soft plea deals to violent offenders.

    Stopping this slide into chaos is EASY. Simply don’t vote for (D)s. Make them collectively see the errors of their ways.

  • 2021-10-08 at 2:07 pm

    You know the writer is right over the target when the fringe lefties come out of the woodwork screaming, “it’s just not true!”

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