Letter: Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

Editor: Why is it that so often we find legislators, elected to represent those in their districts, involving themselves in issues and areas other than their own? Case on point is the legislation Del. David Reid (D-32) introduced in August. 

While significant controversy was swirling around the Loudoun County School Board, some of the members, allegedly involved in defying open meeting rules, also conspired with others to attack parents on a secret Face Book page, The Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County. This group was soliciting money and volunteers to infiltrate, cancel, and even commit cyber crime against parents who wanted to open schools, or to stop their divisive agenda.

The policies these school board members were promoting resulted in the May suspension of teacher Tanner Cross who had spoken out at a public meeting of his objections. Only recently has he been exonerated, his record cleared and $20,000 paid for his legal expenses.

Surely Del. Reid, along with most of the United States, knew of the upheaval occurring at LCSB meetings over the summer as School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan imposed more and more stringent rules for public content periods.

So it begs explanation from Del. Reid as to his motivation for authoring HJ780HR on Aug. 9 Commending the Virginia Beach School Board on their implementation of the very same policies causing so much turmoil in his own district.

Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin and his team have already signaled the end of imposing Critical Race Theory in Virginia schools, so perhaps Del. Reid should be encouraged to engage closer to home in the future. 

Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

6 thoughts on “Letter: Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

  • 2021-11-21 at 7:11 pm

    The writer throws a lot of mud at LCSB, apparently hoping some will stick. But none does. There’s too much to unpack right now. But as far as Tanner Cross, he hasn’t been “cleared” in my eyes. His offer of referring to a Trans student by their chosen name but not their chosen pronoun is a “mind F” that cannot be countenanced. Mr. Cross has a captive audience. (Children in Loudoun County are required to attend school.) He should keep his religious beliefs to himself. Yes, Judge Plowman has issued several rulings favorable to Mr. Cross. That doesn’t demoralize me in the least. Judge Plowman lacks sensitivity. But many people (including many Christians) are very Trans-friendly. As Lillian Hellman famously said in 1952: “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashion.”

    • 2021-11-22 at 1:45 pm

      The LCSB has been wallowing in the mud for many months with no assistance from me. Their arrogant petty responses to concerned parents exercising their rights to be heard when extreme policies are being contemplated was outrageous. The 60 second rule, the mask rule, the 10 person line rule, the wait outside in a thunderstorm rule, the denial of rest room rule, etc. etc. has earned them every bit of the scrutiny they have received. Many parents and others look forward the result of the Tuesday Court hearing regarding the recall of Brenda Sheridan.

      • 2021-11-27 at 3:07 pm

        Tim doesn’t seen to accept the Court’s ruling. What she seems to not understand is that her opinion is irrelevant. She then goes on to issue criticism of the Judge but again her opinion of the Judge is irrelevant. Mr. Cross is back to teaching and he retains the right to free speech as does Tim. So while Tim has the right to voice her opinion she is wrong.

    • 2021-11-22 at 10:30 pm

      Tim, you clearly do not watch any news outside of Loudoun County. The LCSB has become a laughing stock all over the country for their reprehensible behavior. You clearly have absolutely no objectivity and only see everything this board does as the right thing to do. This board has made mistake after mistake and they all need to be voted out or removed before they can do any more damage, and the Superintendent needs to go as well. The “mud” you refer to is often called by its other name: “the truth”.

  • 2021-11-21 at 7:59 pm

    Delegate Reid likes to tout his veteran status when he runs… except that legislation like what he introduced is not only an insult to veterans, it is a simultaneous slap to the face, punch to the gut, and kick in the nether region of every veteran who served, as well as spitting and defecating on their sacrifices.

  • 2021-11-22 at 6:39 am

    In the courts eyes Randall’s chief of staff is guilty and has not been sentenced for stealing money from the sorority I bring this up as it compares to Reid being an officer of the paper pushers not one who was ever in harms way. Gives meaning to shallow water sailor.
    Sheridan in court Tuesday finally!

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