Toll avoidance will create havoc in N.Va.

As a resident of Leesburg and the chairman of the Virginia House Transportation Committee, Delegate Joe May should be taking the lead to protect Loudoun County residents from the harm of scheduled toll increases and the resulting "perfect storm" of traffic coming now that the Loudoun Board of Supervisors has "opted in" to the Dulles Rail project.

Delegate May supported former Gov. Tim Kaine's decision to hand over control of the Dulles Toll Road to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. If that's his idea of a good deal, heaven help us.

As MWAA is free to continue to raise tolls, it's patently obvious there will be a huge decrease in the use of the toll road. The resulting increase in traffic volume on Route 7 and Georgetown Pike raises safety and air pollution concerns.

I live close to Route 7 and Potomac View Road. This intersection is a perennial leader when it comes to accidents. With two road projects about to commence at Georgetown Pike and Sterling Boulevard, and tolls on the Dulles Toll Road scheduled to increase to $4.50 by 2015, traffic is going to go from bad to much worse. Something must be done to ensure that these toll increases are not implemented.

I understand that Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton is looking into whether the commonwealth would be better served if the Dulles Toll Road was returned to the people. Delegate May, do you see the storm coming, and are you prepared to do something about it?

Ellie Lockwood


Rubio wrong about creation of national motto

Re: "Sound Bites," Sept. 2

The national motto was not legislated to express "faith in our Creator," as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio evidently believes. Rather, like the addition of "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance, the motto was a Cold War slogan distinguishing American democracy from godless communism.

Rubio's follow-up scriptural quote about much being required from those to whom much is given is overshadowed nowadays by this line from Matthew 13:12: "For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away."

Jim Montanye

Falls Church

Trade agreement will grow Virginia economy

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will be negotiated within the next couple of weeks right here in Virginia. This trade agreement could bring more opportunities to the U.S. and our commonwealth.

More than 76,000 Virginia jobs are in the biopharmaceutical sector and the Trans-Pacific Partnership has the potential to grow this number. But to ensure a stable future for these jobs, the agreement must include protection of intellectual property rights. Such protections should mimic current law in the U.S. by shielding the intellectual property involved for the next 12 years.

Negotiators should take care to protect the intellectual property rights of our researchers and innovators while coming to a deal that will stimulate Virginia's biopharmaceutical industry, which is already a significant sector of the commonwealth's economy.

M. David Skiles

Second vice chairman,

Fairfax County Republican Committee