With the culmination of an election year, these are exciting times for the citizens of Fauquier County as we anticipate the future. Several of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors are preparing to pass the baton to new teammates. With this transition, my favorite Bible passage comes to mind: 1 Corinthians 13. “And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three. But the greatest of these is charity.” I consider the virtues of faith, hope, and charity as they apply to a fresh approach to Fauquier County’s political future.
I have faith. I have faith that God will look out for us in Fauquier County. I have faith that He will guide us and guard us in our daily lives. I also have faith in our Supervisors, that they will always have the best interests of the citizens of Fauquier County in their hearts and in all of their doings. I have faith that the Supervisors will be guided by conscious and not be swayed by power or influence.
I have faith in the Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan which has been painstakingly created and fine-tuned with more than a half century of thoughtful planning by Supervisors and caring citizens. The Comprehensive Plan keeps the rural, agricultural nature of Fauquier County as a foremost priority. It provides for necessary infrastructure, controlled growth, and new jobs within our Service Districts. This plan cannot come to fruition without sewer and water within our designated areas of concentrated growth.
I have faith that the Comprehensive Plan protects the health, safety, and welfare of all citizens. This should include providing affordable sewer hookups for those with failed septic systems in Catlett and Calverton. Fauquier County should provide more assistance if the citizens are financially unable to bring their backyard out of the realm of Third World country living. And the County should fulfill its promise to provide water for the Opal Service District. I have faith that Dr. Abdallah will bring Fauquier County an amazing children’s rehabilitation center once the County helps to bring water to the Opal Service District.
I have hope. I have hope for a better future for the citizens of Fauquier County. I have hope that our Supervisors will bring us new opportunities and that one day there will be more jobs available locally. This includes potential work for our adult children so generations of families can remain grounded with roots in Fauquier County. The prospect of more jobs may also help to relieve thousands of Fauquier County commuters from having to brave the daily trek to Northern Virginia and D.C. in order to afford living here.
I have hope that we will move into the modern age of technology with high speed Internet connections even for the country folk, that none will be forgotten by the technology decision-makers. I have hope that one day we will have decent cell phone service. We should not have to find the one spot with phone reception on the far corner of a back deck when we call for ambulance service.
I have hope that our new Board of Supervisors will consider a quality public education for our children to be at the top of our priority list. I have hope that we can make a better attempt to retain the teachers who are so dedicated to our children and provide them with a salary which works with our high cost of living here. And by making funding public schools a priority, our children will be afforded the benefits of modern technology which is key to keeping our children competitive in this high-tech world.
I have hope that the new Board of Supervisors will represent the needs of the majority of their constituents, not just the needs of the few who complain the most, are the most powerful, or have the most money. I have hope that the poor and underserved of the county will be given an equal voice in our county. I have hope that the new Board of Supervisors will listen to the needs of the underserved, to the needs of the working class, our teachers, our maintenance workers, health care workers, food service industry, our farmers, and winery owners. We all share something in common, that we are trying to make a living in a very beautiful county with limited resources and do not need impediments to success with excessive restriction by government. I have hope that the new Board of Supervisors will be fair in the distribution of our county’s resources; will be good stewards of the Earth; and that they will respect property rights throughout their tenure.
I have charity. Most importantly, we should not forget to have charity. We should remember the poor and underserved of Fauquier County. We need to have charity so we do not forget those in need, who may be struggling with finding adequate shelter and food or taking care of medical needs even in such a wealthy county. I do not forget that it is “there but for the grace of God, go I.” My family members and I could very easily be in the same situation of needing help from others.
We also need to have charity for one another and to stop the negative political rant in the media that divides us into camps instead of unifies us for a common cause. We all care about Fauquier County and would like to preserve what we love about this place, what sets us apart from Northern Virginia. We could get so much more accomplished if the energy spent trying to find fault in each other could be used for a productive end.
And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three. But the greatest of these is charity. Especially this time of year and throughout the New Year, it would not hurt any of us to strive for the virtue of charity. God bless our new Board of Supervisors in all of their endeavors to work for a better Fauquier County for all of us.