Garrett unresponsive to constituent
I’m writing to the Fluvanna Review because my phone calls and emails to Rep. Thomas Garrett have gone unanswered.

On Mr. Garrett’s website, it says, “Serving Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.” On the House of Representatives website, it says, “Representatives carry out a broad scope of work in order to best represent their constituents.” [emphasis mine]

After Mr. Garrett voted for the health coverage plan that the House narrowly passed, I pointed out to him, in voice mails to his Charlottesville and Washington offices and in two emails to him (in which I selected the option “Yes, please contact me”), that analyses of the bill calculated that health insurance rates would rise, especially for those with pre-existing conditions, and that 23 million people who currently have health insurance would no longer be able to afford it. I asked why he thought that that was a good thing and how it constituted “serving” his constituents. After receiving no reply to my emails and my first phone call, I also wanted to know how he could possibly be “serving Virginia’s 5th Congressional District” when he won’t communicate with his constituents. Again I received no reply.

If Mr. Garrett worked for a private company, he would have been fired by now. But since he’s an elected official, he has two years in which to do untold harm to his constituents, who have no recourse other than to plaster pictures of him, with the caption, “Have you seen…?” on milk cartons.

Accountability? None. Democracy? Weak. Irresponsibility? Definitely.

Deborah Weiss
Lake Monticello

More definitive pool proposal needed
I’ve been following the news regarding the proposal to address the aging Lake Monticello swimming pool with dismay. I find it hard to believe that the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board of Directors is asking the residents to approve spending almost $1 million for a yet-to-be-defined pool improvement or replacement project.

Lake Monticello has long had amenities that were dispersed around the community, such as golf and food service at the golf course, sports fields and tennis at Bunker Field, the fishing lake, and the clubhouse, restaurant, pool and main beach at Ashlawn. This distribution of amenities is reflected in the values of all of our homes, and when the local Realtors bring prospective homebuyers to the clubhouse, pool and main beach area (as they always do), the community sells itself. I know – it sold me!

Now the Board, with no apparent clear plan, wants the residents to approve spending some $900,000-plus for a pool facility of unknown configuration somewhere in or near to the community. For me, this is a non-starter. It’s a pig in a poke! “Just trust us” just doesn’t fly these days.

I am familiar with another pool that I am a member of in another community. They had their 50-year-old pool completely rehabilitated by a company whose business is pool repair and rehabilitation. They replaced the deck and utilities, added underwater LED lighting, and added a heater so they could extend the season until the end of September. Their pool is a five-lane 25-meter-long pool with a diving well having both 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards – so it is about the same size as the Lake Monticello pool. Like us, they have a kiddie pool as well. The cost for the complete project was in the $250,000-$300,000 range. Why can’t we at the Lake do likewise?

Bottom line is that I will be voting no on the pool proposal, and I will be urging friends and neighbors to do likewise. What we need is a more definitive proposal and one that is financially responsible with our funds.

Clem Berard
Lake Monticello