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Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tim Kaine delivers the keynote address during the Jefferson Jackson dinner fund raiser for the Georgia democratic party Monday, March 22, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Repairing cuts with kindness
A vandal who systematically damaged cars in Southeast Roanoke this week slashed tires on 30 of the vehicles, including 10 that belonged to women staying at the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
Vandals do not set out to win good citizenship awards, and are never disappointed. But depriving women already down on their luck of their mobility sinks meanness to the dirty, lowdown level. Sometimes, though, a good turn will balance out the bad.
In this case, Berglund Automotive’s president, William Farrell, righted the scales for the women by towing their vehicles from the mission’s lot and replacing the ruined tires for free.
We doubt Farrell was looking for any good citizenship award either, but he deserves recognition and thanks for righting someone else’s wrong with an act of kindness and decency. Mission director Joy Sylvester-Johnson said, “It really was like an angel arrived to solve the problem.”
But a human one, we trust, who has earned some goodwill for his business by doing good. We’re told that’s good for the soul.
Speaking desde el corazón
Virginians who had been paying attention already knew their junior U.S. senator, Democrat Tim Kaine, is bilingual. A memorable part of his life story when he first ran for statewide office was how, as a young man, he took a year off from law school to volunteer with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras.
His fluency was big news around the country, though, after Kaine stood on the Senate floor this week and gave a speech entirely in Spanish. He spoke for almost 13 minutes, the first full speech in the Senate delivered entirely in a language other than English. It seemed appropriate while speaking in support of the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, he noted, being as “Spanish is also spoken by more than 40 million Americans with a huge investment in the result of this debate.”
News accounts cast it as a historic moment. But Virginia’s senior U.S. senator, friend and fellow Democrat Mark Warner, was less than awestruck. Warner jokingly used the occasion to connect in the language of tech geeks. He tweeted: “show off.”
T-Mack buys a vowel
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has yet to agree to the format of the Virginia Bar Association’s July 20 debate at the Homestead. In particular, he’s not keen on the portion of the debate during which he and Republican Ken Cuccinelli are allowed to lob questions at each other.
It’s a fairly standard component of debates these days, which makes McAuliffe’s reluctance perplexing. Democratic state Sen. Richard Saslaw this week said publicly that the candidate is making a mistake by stalling.
But maybe the flashy McAuliffe is really just holding out for a more audience-pleasing type of debate. He and Cuccinelli, for example, could give each other answers and guess the questions, a la “Jeopardy!”
No doubt the candidates could be more creative than that. They might insist that the entire McAuliffe and Cuccinelli clans participate in a “Family Feud”-style competition in which they try to guess the results of each campaign’s internal polls.
We’re rooting for a “Hollywood Squares” version, in hopes that Zsa Zsa Gabor can be persuaded to help liven up what is normally a rather staid affair.
Or McAuliffe could stop pretending he’s on “Let’s Make a Deal,” agree to trade questions with his opponent and get on with the election.
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