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Saturday, October 12, 2013
The election will go on: Vote
OK, the top of the ticket in this year’s statewide races hasn’t generated a lot of voter enthusiasm. But come Nov. 5, someone will be elected Virginia’s next governor. And some of the down-ballot candidates are more than worthy to serve. So, please, plan to vote.
If you’re qualified, but not registered, Tuesday is your deadline to sign up.
If you are registered, but haven’t checked lately, test your assumption. Local election officials around the commonwealth are scrambling to purge voter rolls of names that show up on the rolls in other states. If you’ve been stricken in error, you can re-register.
In either case, the remedy is easy: Just drop by your local registrar’s office or go online to www.vote.virginia.gov to fill out a registration application or to check or update your status.
If you’ve been fast-forwarding through the muck of campaign ads on TV and need a quick tutorial on the candidates, the online site even offers a sample ballot that can link you to all their websites.
Just two to tangle
Libertarian Robert Sarvis didn’t rise quite high enough in the polls to be invited to the final debate of the gubernatorial race between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe. A pity.
Debate sponsor WDBJ-7 had an agreement with the major party candidates that a third-party candidate with a 10 percent showing in major polls the three weeks ending Oct. 10 would be included in the Oct. 24 Virginia Tech debate. By Thursday, Sarvis averaged 9 percent.
His numbers have been trending upward, though. Viewers tuning into the debate would be better served if they could get a closer look at the candidate who might be a spoiler on Nov. 5. But who asked them?
Autumn is the parkway’s Christmas
Good to see that the government shutdown has opened up enough to let the Peaks of Otter Lodge and Mabry Mill get back to business along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
House Republicans have been disingenuous in their efforts to authorize spending for just those bits of the federal budget that tug at public heartstrings when they generate headlines. Neither did it make sense, though, for the National Park Service to order private concessionaires to shut down operations that aren’t government-funded.
True, they depend on the parkway, which depends on the park service for its upkeep. But they cannot bear the brunt of partisan warfare and survive. Fall leaf-peeper season is their lifeblood.
You’ll want to check this out
Don’t think of it as closing a book, but opening a new chapter you’re going to like.
Patrons of Roanoke’s Main Library will be inconvenienced for more than a year when the city closes the building Oct. 28 for major renovations. It will extend hours at three branches — Gainsboro, Jackson Park and Raleigh Court — to keep readers from straying and staying away.
Not likely, when promised new features sound dazzling. For starters, a newly opened-up view onto Elmwood Park, a reading porch, expanded youth areas, a children’s mezzanine. And more. The most delightful surprise: construction plans came in under budget.
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