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Monday, October 28, 2013
Medicaid expansion would be bad for Va.
Re: “Medicaid motivates election choice” (Oct. 9 commentary by Nathan Auldridge):
The gubernatorial race does motivate a voter’s election choice.
Auldridge thinks Medicaid expansion is good for Virginia. One in three doctors does not accept Medicaid patients. The program is riddled with waste, fraud and abuse.
Auldridge says Terry McAuliffe believes it foolish to refuse federal funding to expand the program because “it comes from our own federal tax dollars.” But the entity that pays, the federal government, controls the program. Nameless, faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats will control the health care of Virginians.
The McAuliffe team is made up of typical tax-and-spend liberals. Insisting on expansion of the federal government’s role in health care shows McAuliffe does not believe in the 10th Amendment or individual liberty.
I want a governor whose team believes in fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints, while still enhancing the health care of those in need. Other states have accomplished this without expansion. I encourage readers to vote for Ken Cuccinelli for governor, E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor and Mark Obenshain for attorney general. Send a message to the elite, liberal statists: Sic Semper Tyrannis.
More a prosecutor than protector of rights
In government classes in other states — such as my adopted home state of Massachusetts — schoolchildren are taught that the role of the state attorney general is to serve as the people’s lawyer: The state attorney general is elected to protect your rights as an individual citizen.
Having this definition for the present state attorney general would be a joke here in Virginia. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli acts more like a prosecutor, condemning the rights of women to needed health care, and of families to plan and have the number of children they are financially able to properly care for and educate.
Having this person as governor of Virginia would only compound all such denial of human and legal rights.
FLORA NATHAN HAAS
Allen will improve city sheriff’s office
Tim Allen has proven himself worthy in every area to be the sheriff of Roanoke. He served several years of his 26 in law enforcement with the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Department. He was lieutenant when he left to accept a position at the Western Virginia Regional Jail, overseeing 800 or more inmates.
At the regional jail, he advanced to the rank of major.
Allen retired from this position in order to offer his talents to the city’s residents. If he is elected sheriff, he has good plans for improving the work environment, as well as trying to help inmates.
He is a man of faith. He has compassion for people. He is always professional and a good listener to people’s problems.
If elected, Allen will prove himself over and over again. He has a heart for the city of Roanoke.
SHERRY M. HALL
Proud to cast a vote for Holland
My vote counts and I’m proud to cast it for a man who is experienced, honest, effective and who works for all the residents of Roanoke. Re-elect Sherman Holland as commissioner of the revenue.
Warning is spot on about ‘War on Coal’
Kudos to Del. Greg Habeeb for his insightful column (“The war on coal’s collateral damage,” Oct. 23) describing the collateral damage caused by Washington’s ongoing “War on Coal,” a policy supported wholeheartedly by Terry McAuliffe.
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday