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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Both parties failed Virginia voters
I am very disappointed in our choices for the next governor of Virginia. I think most people share my disappointment. Both Democrats and Republicans have selected flawed candidates for the upcoming election. If either party had chosen a candidate with a proven track record, integrity and a vision for the future of Virginia, it would win the election in a landslide. We are now forced to choose the lesser of two evils.
I am sick of the negative ads of both candidates. All of the ads I have seen or heard have been inaccurate and/or misleading. I would like to hear the qualifications of the candidates, their position on relevant issues and their plan for making Virginia a better place for its residents.
Before the next election cycle, I hope both parties will get new leadership and advisers who will pick better candidates who will run more positive campaigns with accurate and informative messages.
Caring shouldn’t end with a child’s birth
Abortion is a major point of contention and discussion. Opponents are concerned with saving lives. But with such a claim as “pro-life,” why is abortion the issue they choose?
Human trafficking, poverty, child abuse — there are so many people who need our help. Until we can eradicate the horrors that plague countless children already living out their lives here in the United States, why are people so preoccupied with fetuses?
Why would anyone focus so much time and energy into forcing people who do not want children to have them?
Put your priorities into perspective. Why not obsess over the health and safety of every orphan? Or every impoverished child?
People cannot be forced into abiding by someone else’s idea of morality, so why do people keep trying? Besides, if we continue to ignore climate change, there won’t even be much of a home left for any of us.
KAITLIN M. BARRELL
Roanoke doesn’t need a new commissioner
Roanoke has a competent and committed commissioner of the revenue in the person of Sherman Holland. He has served as commissioner with integrity for the past 16 years. His commitment to customer service is exemplified by his open-door policy to all residents and taxpayers at all times.
Holland has brought efficiency and professionalism to the office due to his thorough knowledge of city and state tax codes, business and personal property taxation and real estate taxation. He is a family and religious man. He is in place. I hope you will vote to keep him there.
Roanoke voters, let’s vote on Nov. 5 to re-elect Democrat Holland for commissioner of the revenue.
VIRGIE F. CRAIGHEAD
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