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Tea Party rants have done real damage now
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The win by the tea partyers and anti-government types on the Crooked Road issue should stir those (like me) who dismiss that movement as a bunch of kooks ("Crooked Road nixes heritage bid," March 15 news story).
By showing up en masse at county board of supervisors and city council meetings and shouting down opposing voices, they have wrongly convinced some supervisors and others that they represent a majority of citizens.
Consequently, in this case, our tax money will go to other causes instead of helping to promote and preserve a part of local culture that is dear to many Southwest Virginia hearts. I hope the decision by the Crooked Road not to seek National Heritage designation is reversible - if not now, then perhaps next year.
To help that happen, we need to speak up ourselves and/or vote out those who have come under tea party sway. If you need encouragement, then go to a board or council meeting where an issue like this is being discussed, listen to the uninformed tea partyer rants, and ask yourself if you want to live in a county, state or nation run, directly or indirectly, by those.
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