Dear Board Members,
It's really hard to ignore the hype. I have been overwhelmed by emails and media. This will be a tough decision for you. I am a horse veterinarian, and a Naval Academy graduate. And I am against the rail extension.
The extension will place financial pressures on horse owners to develop and sell. And as Loudoun urbanizes to the west, there will be less horses, and the horse industry will move west. I don't want to move my veterinary practice, my employees, and my family to Clarke country. Your decision to extend the rail in Loudoun will ultimately cause me, my business, and my family unnecessary hardship. We will be forced to move west, out of Loudoun.
My story is the story of the horse industry in Loudoun. If you bring the rail, you are turning your back on the horse industry. Your approval of the rail extension will undermine all of us involved with horses. You are threatening my livelihood. Please consider the extension as unnecessary. Don't consider it an opportunity to be lost.
Dr. Jay Joyce