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LETTER: Rogers will be an ethical, hard-working supervisor

LETTER: Rogers will be an ethical, hard-working supervisor

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Since August 1988, I have offered many presentations to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. That first appearance involved a plea to reject plans advanced by a California developer who sought to develop the entire Brandy Station Civil War Battlefield.

Our then-chairman responded he was never taught about Brandy Station at West Point, so, this battle couldn’t possibly be significant. Thereafter, William C. Chase championed the Californian’s rezoning efforts. But alas for Mr. Chase, his developer friend confronted headwinds, declared bankruptcy, and went home, tail between his legs.

Mr. Chase then advocated the construction of a Formula One race track proposed for the Brandy Station Battlefield. But Mr. Chase’s hopes for development were again dashed when the race track promoter headed back to New York, pockets turned inside out.

I admit disappointment Mr. Chase has never requested a battlefield tour so he might learn something he did not discover at West Point: Brandy Station, June 9, 1863, in fact represents this continent’s largest and most significant cavalry battle. And Brandy’s current state of preservation is heralded by scores of visitors, domestic and foreign, who visit Culpeper County every year to tour our pristine battlefields.

I have recently made presentations before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors regarding efforts by industrial solar LLCs to seek rezoning of agricultural and historic acreage in the Stevensburg District. And while it does not surprise me Mr. Chase has supported “solar farm” applications, I have been encouraged by the strong contrast presented via the emergence of an extraordinarily dedicated public servant, Laura Rogers.

In all my years of closely following Culpeper zoning topics, I have never encountered a brighter, harder worker, and more ethical zoning official than Laura Rogers.

I urge my Stevensburg District friends to support Mrs. Rogers’s candidacy for the Board of Supervisors.

Clark B. Hall

Culpeper

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