Letters to the Editor: Week of Sept. 5, 2013

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

Mechanicsville isn’t right for a theater

I am stunned to think that anyone would think that the Lee Davis Road area would be a good site for a theater. They obviously haven’t thought this through! I live in the Henry District, but I regularly travel on Mechanicsville Turnpike. We are already eager for the renovations for Mechanicsville Turnpike to happen so that (hopefully) it will relieve some of the congestion on the road.  But, those renovations are years off.  So, what do we do in the meantime?  A theater is only going to exasperate the situation.
I am also concerned about crime and the impact it will have on that area.  Have you been to the Virginia Center Commons Theater recently? Do you shop at that mall? Everyone I know travels to the theater and the Macys in Short Pump, even though we drive right past the closer locations on Route 1. There’s a lot of talk about this proposed theater bringing jobs to the county and revitalizing the shopping center at Hanover Village. But, what happens if this does just the opposite and drives people away? Increased crime tends to have that effect.
Finally, I have read the Sheriff’s statement on the impact of this theater on his department and public safety. The theater will increase the demands on his resources in regard to increased traffic issues and crime. It’s my understanding that the Sheriff’s Office has not had a pay raise and has not hired any additional staff since about 2007. Are we going to raise taxes in order to hire more deputies to keep up with growth and growing crime? Honestly, if we want to bring new business to the county, why would we bring one that brings crime along with it?
I am not against development of the site where the proposed theater would go; however, there are better options that would not have the negative impact a theater will have on our community.

Liz Czaja
Mechanicsville

Interpretations of facts were interesting

There were some interesting interpretations of “facts” in the Aug. 22 issue.
Joseph Pierro mentioned “the fact that Hanover County government erred disastrously in its long term planning, resulting in a $37 million Hanover High that is currently 25 percent empty.” What does he propose to do with the 800-plus high school students that are in excess of the capacities of the other three high schools? It seems to me that the school system has made a conscious decision to have high school capacities of around 1,600 students to offer a broad enough curriculum.
Ragan Phillips gave “facts” and came to a completely different conclusion than school employee Charla Cordle. I have not seen any stats on whether these teachers left because they were tired of the job, disappointed by the compensation, annoyed by the increased regulation, or fed up with the declining quality of the student.
Phillips claims to be a man of questions, so I have some questions for him. What is the mechanism in modern American society that inhibits the individual from procreating beyond his means to provide for his child? Why is the teacher deserving of preferential treatment and immune to the effects of inflation? In your lottery system proposal, did the children who were coddled in school learn more, or was it the children who found the principles of hard work and initiative by working as they paved roads?
Did society spend too much or too little on education from 1985-2005? It produced a populace that created wealth inequity and the second greatest recession in this nation’s history by leading a life on an overabundance of credit and poorly investing their money.
How much wealth has left this nation because of the intense stupidity that comes out of D.C.? They promoted globalization. They failed to do their Constitutional duties and protect the citizens of this nation from the criminal invaders who enter this country illegally.
Why do you want the next generation to compete in the modern economy? I hope they don’t make the same mistakes of the last 25 years and are able to reform it.
It would benefit many of you in the “educational mafia” to find the August issue of Cooperative Living (www.co-opliving.com) to read the article “The Perks of a Public School Partnership.” It explains another non-inflationary model for funding extracurricular activities that have become expected in the public education system.

Randy Waters
Montpelier

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