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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Obama’s showing who he really is
I hope the editorial department can find room to print this letter. I have been very patient over the last 4 ½ years, lying low and just waiting for the inevitable to happen. It is finally coming to the surface what this president is really made of.
I am proud of CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, HLN and some of the other left-leaning media outlets for telling the whole news. Even if it is watered down a bit, at least the general public is getting some of the news.
My guess is there’s more to come. Maybe this will finally show some people President Obama’s and his circle of lawyers’ true colors.
HUBERT G. HUNLEY
At least take a stand in Franklin County
Speaking as both a former middle school athlete and a ninth-grade athlete, I am terribly disappointed in the abstaining from voting by Franklin County School Board member William Helm (“School board leader resigns,” May 14 news story).
Had Helm, who is the at-large elected board member, voted yes or no to the proposed budget cuts, I couldn’t find fault with him either way. But he didn’t do that; he abstained, which I feel, in this situation, is one of the worst things he could have done.
Also, can someone please explain how exactly the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School offers a better educational experience than regular public schooling?
Don’t get me wrong, I have several friends who attend the governor’s school, and this isn’t intended as a slight on the school in any way. But, as board Chairman Ed Jamison said, how are the 30-plus who attend the govenor’s school more important than the few hundred who may participate in middle- and ninth-grade sports, but can’t now?
Don’t allow fracking in national forest
Many Virginians may not know of fracking. But it may be coming to the George Washington National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service initially was not warm to giving permission, but it is now entertaining the idea.
Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has stated publicly that he “favored hydrofracking in the national forest” (The Roanoke Times Blue Ridge Caucus blog, May 6). Though it is federal land, the local communities do have a voice in those decisions, and it would be reassuring to know the state would support its citizens’ wishes.
Cuccinelli has received substantial donations from the oil and gas industries. His stance is known, and his political goals are set.
In other states where fracking is going on, private landowners signed leases to allow it. Here, we’re not talking about a farmer signing a lease. The G. W. National Forest belongs to the people of Virginia and the rest of the country.
Fracking has been fraught with problems for nearby homeowners in many locations where it has been going on, and uses benzene and other chemicals in the process.
Steger’s inaction will be remembered
Finally! Charles Steger submits his retirement as Virginia Tech’s president (“Steger to step down as Tech president,” May 15 news story).
Despite The Roanoke Times eulogizing his many accomplishments (“Steger’s legacy,” May 16 editorial), he will most be remembered as someone who could have and should have prevented the massacre of students and faculty on April 16, 2007, but did nothing.
When parents of the victims sued, he was dismissed as “not responsible” on a legal technicality that is even now being challenged by the parents of the victims in the Virginia Supreme Court.
But he will most likely be remembered by having shamefully tried to shift blame to a deceased faculty member, Zenobia Hikes, as responsible for inaction after the Virginia Tech massacre. This shameful episode prompted a rebuttal to the editor of this paper signed by multiple Virginia Tech faculty members.
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