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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Nominate Austin for Putney's seat
Lacey Putney is retiring as 19th District delegate to the General Assembly. Terry Austin of Buchanan is the right man to replace him.
Austin has admirably served on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors for 16 years and has owned and operated a successful business for more than 30. He is uniquely qualified to represent the interests of voters and taxpayers of Alleghany, Bedford and Botetourt counties.
As the fragile economic recovery drags on, state and local governments struggle with complex decisions, new mandates and growing infrastructure needs. We must elect a strong conservative with proven governance skills. Now is not the time to send a novice or single-issue candidate to Richmond.
Growth in Northern and Tidewater Virginia is steadily eroding Western Virginia's political clout. We need representation that can influence state policy on transportation, education, land use, public safety and taxation to ensure we do not lose out to urban interests.
Republicans will elect a candidate for 19th District delegate at a firehouse primary on May 7. Fortunately, the winner is almost certain to sweep the general election in November. I strongly encourage conservative voters to join me in electing Austin as the Republican nominee.
Rights apply no less to modern technology
We are constantly bombarded with anti-gun rants such as the one claiming that only muskets are protected by the Second Amendment. If this is so, then we must eliminate all forms of communications protected by the First Amendment except those printed on a hand-operated press or written on paper with a quill pen.
News must be delivered by a town crier. We must ban all phones, radio, TV stations and Internet. Newspaper presses other than those manually operated must be banned, along with any other means of communication.
The argument that firearms may not evolve is as ridiculous as the above statement. How a rifle looks, or whether it is called an AR or AK, does not make it bad. Only the improper use is bad.
Remember, the First Amendment is anchored by the Second. We remain a free people only as long as we remain true to the law of the land. Benjamin Franklin said the founders have given us "a republic, if you can keep it." It is under its greatest threat today in our history.
I remember Germany's "demonize and destroy" tactics and the murder of millions of its citizens. We must stand by the Constitution.
A time to recommit to early learning
This, the Week of the Young Child, marks the 40th anniversary of this national celebration of early childhood. The motto this year is: Early years are learning years. We know that children learn the majority of their lifelong lessons in the first five years of their lives.
Let all of us in Giles County and the New River Valley renew our commitment to our youngest citizens during this week, taking time to thank parents, grandparents, guardians and teachers for all their exceptional efforts to nurture and educate our most precious resource.
In honor of the Week of the Young Child, Giles County Administrator Chris McKlarney and the Giles County Board of Supervisors have issued a proclamation endorsing this special week in support of the importance of early childhood education.
Early Care and Education Project of Giles County
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