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Friday, June 7, 2013
Talk about McAuliffe contributors, too
The Roanoke Times’ new ownership needs to change the name of the paper to “The One-Side.”
Day after day, the opinion staff proceeds to inform the readers of half the story. For example, metro columnist Dan Casey’s Sunday article (“Cases show Cuccinelli’s priorities”) makes an attempt to chronicle GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s “priorities” by reviewing campaign contributions, as did Editorial Page Editor Christina Nuckols the previous Sunday (“Clipping cronies with Cuccinelli,” May 26 column).
What they both failed to reveal is where presumed Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is receiving his contributions. If you are a Virginian, that’s the rest of the story, isn’t it? Why are the “One-Siders” telling half the story if it affects Virginians?
Isn’t it useful to know that McAuliffe’s campaign shows that $4 out of every $5 comes from out-of-state contributors? Or that California resident Haim Saban gave $250,000? Or that Bill Clinton gave $100,000? Or California billionaire Ron Burkle gave $100,000. Or Chicago’s J.B. Pritzker and Florida’s Richard Swan gave $100,000? According to the Washington Examiner, “$1.2 million was raised in the Los Angeles, New York and Chicago areas.”
A quality newspaper would report the facts and let the people decide.
Armed citizens would have a good chance
Re: John Lafon’s letter about gun control (“On gun-toting at Liberty University,” June 3):
My first question for Lafon and his supporters: Why, if you support the Second Amendment to our Constitution, do you automatically become a right-wing radical?
I thought all government appointees, elected officials, the military, etc., swore to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Lafon says right-wing radicals feel a need to have assault weapons to defend against government takeover.
That was the reason for the Second Amendment in the first place.
All anti-gun supporters go to the argument: Good luck against a Cobra gunship (don’t think we use them anymore; they were replaced by the Apache), or Scud missile (the U.S. military doesn’t have Scuds).
Lafon says armed citizens have no chance against helicopters and missiles.
I call his attention to Afghanistan, where the USSR fought Taliban tribes armed with rifles for 12 years, then gave up.
The U.S. has been there for the same time and can’t defeat the Taliban.
Both superpowers used every weapon except atomic weapons.
I give American citizens armed with any weapon a good chance to defend against a hostile or tyrannical government takeover.
No council raises when the city is cutting back
I am appalled that four members of Roanoke City Council, David Bowers, Bill Bestpitch, Sherman Lea and Anita Price, requested a raise.
I am a resident of the city and have seen my services decrease due to lack of funds — for example, leaf vacuuming in the fall and curb sweeping.
I understand our schools are hurting for money also, along with other programs to assist the residents of Roanoke.
I urge these council members to put their obvious greed aside and vote no when the raise issue comes up for a second vote.
Shame on them for even bringing it up.
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