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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Cathcart will listen, and act for the valley
Freeda Cathcart is worthy to be our state delegate in District 17.
Cathcart has a broad base of community service and experience. For 30 years, she has supported families, volunteered, educated her children, was appointed by the governor to a state advisory board and participated in numerous community events — way before she was a candidate.
I observe her tireless efforts to provide information and services to the district even as she is working to be elected. While many criticize public education without firsthand knowledge, Cathcart seeks out conversations with teachers and parents to promote a move away from high-stakes testing that does not improve education, according to multiple university studies.
Although she chose to home-school, she realizes the vital role of public education in our society — another testimony to her ability to work with multiple points of view.
She promotes local businesses, supports legislative and budget discussions that will bring money into our region and meets with a broad base of constituents as she seeks office.
Cathcart will be a strong voice to stand up in Richmond for the Roanoke Valley to make sure our region gets what we deserve. Elect Cathcart to listen and to act.
CAMMIE R. WILLIAMS
Cathcart ads offer no reason to back her
This election cycle has seen a bevy of negative advertising from both gubernatorial candidates. Regretfully, in the past month this negative campaign advertising has appeared from the Democratic candidate for the 17th District House of Delegates seat.
Freeda Cathcart’s campaign has sent women in the district several negative mailings attacking incumbent Del. Chris Head on a number of items, most of them devoid of any fact or context to back up her claims. As the election draws near, Cathcart has elected to use this attack style of campaign to tell why we shouldn’t vote for Head, but I have not seen much on why we should vote for her.
As chairman of the board of several nonprofit organizations in the Roanoke Valley, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how dedicated Head is to the people in his district and to the Roanoke Valley. He has worked tirelessly to help pass legislation that has benefited our region.
It would be a major mistake for the people of the 17th District not to return Head to Richmond as our delegate so he can continue the positive work he has started.
W. LEE WILHELM III
McAuliffe sees coal in energy’s future
Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and more than 400 other local, state and federal officials sent a letter to the White House Oct. 9 calling on the Obama administration to adopt a “clean energy agenda that reflects a realistic assessment of coal’s inevitable place in our nation’s energy future.”
As part of the Coal Blue Project, McAuliffe and his running mate for lieutenant governor, Ralph Northam, seek to advance energy policies to accelerate development and deployment of sustainable coal.
They believe coal must be a significant part of the energy mix, and technology will enable meeting higher standards of clean air through innovation.
McAuliffe frequently cites the work of world-renowned Virginia Tech Professor Mike Karmis, director of the Virginia Center for Coal & Energy Research, whose research focuses on coal carbon capture and sequestration.
There can be a New Coal Economy. McAuliffe can help lead the way forward to demonstrate coal and clean air are not mutually exclusive in the 21st century.
He and Northam also will seek to expand coal exports through the Port of Hampton Roads to Asia and Europe, thereby sustaining coal jobs.
WILLIAM “BILL” REEVES
Jarrell is the smart choice for Hollins
In selecting a local government representative, certain characteristics are most desirable. First is the ability to manage many different aspects at the same time, as well as encourage and promote the best of the area.
Next to that, but certainly not below, is the ability to make informed decisions: to listen to opposing sides of the story and to stand on moral principles in the face of temptation.
We are fortunate in the Hollins District to have Gary Jarrell running for our Roanoke County Board of Supervisors position.
As a man who has created and managed a successful small business, a volunteer on citizen advisory committees and then an appointed representative to the planning commission, Jarrell has proven those qualifications over and over.
He quietly has made a difference in every activity with which he has been involved. He has given countless hours toward making sound recommendations and decisions in the past, and I fully believe that will continue.
He has chosen repeatedly to showcase what is best about Roanoke County, including being a champion of greenways even before it was cool. Electing him Hollins supervisor Nov. 5 is the smart choice for our whole county.
Best candidate has no chance to win
We could, after all, vote for Robert Sarvis, the rational candidate whose policies make sense. But lacking a rational and informed electorate, we voters will settle for one of the other two.
The likely winner is the one who can’t understand why taxpayers don’t care to take the blame for society’s woes and forfeit even more of their money for policies that always fail.
Or we could chose the time-traveler from 1956 who can’t understand why women and secular-minded citizens desert him as soon as he opens his mouth.
On Election Day, simply walk up to the machine, flip a coin and cast your vote for one of the two frontrunners. Rest assured that either one will put the “guber” back into gubernatorial.
Keep personal decisions personal
What is more personal to a woman than her reproductive issues and health? There are numerous mitigating circumstances that can contribute to a reproductive decision; and the woman is the only one, with perhaps her family, who can make the appropriate choice.
Politicians need to keep their personal viewpoint out of legislating such intimate issues.
Those who have the audacity and hubris to believe that they have the authority to dictate how a woman should determine her reproduction have no place in government.
A long and hard battle was fought to obtain the right of choice, and recent decisions are eroding that right as we face going back to the dark days with humiliating procedures and even criminal action.
On Election Day, vote for candidates who respect women’s intelligence and believe that only the people involved know what is best for them personally.
ROSEMARIE G. SAWDON
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