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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Cuccinelli gets extra share of criticism
The Media Research Center published online an article by Rich Noyes describing the far more negative news coverage Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is receiving versus his opponent, Terry McAuliffe, in the Virginia governor’s race. Four Virginia newspapers were researched for the article: The Roanoke Times, Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Washington Post and The Virginian-Pilot.
What caught my eye is this quote from the article: “Unlike the Washington and Richmond newspapers, the Virginian-Pilot and Roanoke Times — papers that dogged Cuccinelli on his ethics — seemed less interested in digging through McAuliffe’s dirty laundry.”
The Roanoke Times even smacked the Cuccinelli campaign for daring to run an anti-McAuliffe commercial on the controversy, using it as an excuse to rehash all of Cuccinelli’s potential problems, in an Aug. 26 editorial (‘The facts of omission’).”
You can find the Noyes article at MRC.com under menu Research/Media Reality Check. I’d also suggest everyone read each candidate’s bio on Wikipedia.com and Sourcewatch.org.
Digging the chance to revive the chestnut
The Sept. 15 article in the Horizon section about the rebirth of the mighty American chestnut (“Imagine a new forest canopy of mighty giants,” commentary) made me think of an opinion I wrote long ago.
I contended that all places that sold hunting licenses should pass out small packets of three or four Chinese chestnuts (packaged with “Do Not Eat/Do Not Give to Children” and planting instructions). All hunters would be instructed to “thumb in” the chestnuts about 3 inches into the ground in their hunting area.
If you got only 10 percent to sprout, it would be a victory.
I will gladly join The American Chestnut Foundation and plant my part of the hybrid one-sixteenth Chinese, fifteen/sixteenths American chestnuts if this will help this cross-pollination effort to succeed and bring back the American chestnut to our land.
ROBERT A. WAID
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