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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Re-elect Thompson in Franklin County
Re: the Franklin County Board of Supervisors election:
I have been extremely satisfied with the decisions Supervisor Ronnie Thompson has made in representing the Boone District, including his part in blocking additional tax increases requested from our school board — which claimed it would be financially necessary to cut middle school sports and Governor’s School spots, only to then announce a $1.3 million surplus in the school board budget.
Joyce Gordon is running solely to raise our property taxes for the “betterment of our schools,” which reported a surplus last year and the past six years — three were more than $1 million. This surplus is from your tax dollars and, therefore, you should be deciding where it should be spent.
There are urgent needs to consider, such as using it to upgrade the county’s 911 service, which now has many cellphone communication dead spots. You might not be able to reach the 911 dispatcher in an emergency.
If you feel compelled to better our schools, you have that option on the back of your personal property tax statement. However, please don’t support candidates who are running only to raise our taxes unnecessarily, claiming it is necessary for our schools.
Akins will make an effective sheriff
Travis Akins, candidate for sheriff in Roanoke, is serious when he claims he will amplify school security, focus on repeat offenders, serve as a role model for our youth and create transition outreach programs to assist inmates re-entering our community. It is refreshing to see a candidate for local office who understands the purpose of local government: supplying services and representing the residents he is elected to serve.
Akins has spent his career serving the residents of Roanoke and giving his best to every task he has undertaken. He has an ability to reach out to all parts of our community and listen to our concerns. This communication has helped to motivate him to run for sheriff and make the changes needed to improve quality of life for residents, business owners and visitors in the valley.
He is efficient, effective and determined, all traits that I know he will bring to the sheriff’s office.
Building effective partnerships, responsible leadership, promoting the safety and cleanliness of the community, and enhancing public trust through service: These are what I look for from a local government representative. Akins will give us all of those things and more.
Lang wants to ease Bonsack traffic
Re: “Lang will get things done in the county,” Oct. 24 letter:
I live near West Ruritan Road in the Bonsack part of the Hollins District in Roanoke County. It was refreshing to read that board of supervisors candidate Brian Lang recognizes the uniqueness of the Bonsack area and proposes a sensible idea for making progress on our No. 1 issue, traffic on U.S. 460 and U.S. 220 Alternate.
Lang’s comprehensive Regional Traffic Summit idea is exactly what we need to improve traffic flow without just adding piecemeal projects that don’t necessarily work together and complement each other.
Bonsack residents deserve to be recognized, and Lang deserves our support Election Day.
Elect Jarrell to Hollins seat
Voters have a very important election coming up. They are losing an outstanding representative from the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
As a county resident, born and raised in Hollins, I can truly attest to the status of a citizen from Hollins. My family was responsible for the area being called Hollins. My great-great-grandfather chose to name the college he founded Hollins.
The community that has grown up around his college has developed a firm group intelligence of “what is best for all, is best.”
Charles Lewis Cocke, founder, wrote greatly about giving back to your community.
There is only one candidate running for the position on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, Gary Jarrell, who will represent all of the Hollins people. Jarrell is an outstanding person, a successful businessman and, as an independent, will represent all and not just small minorities. He has proven himself, with more than 11 years on the Roanoke County Planning Commission. Roanoke County and Hollins have greatly improved during this service.
As for Richard Flora, who has chosen to retire after many years of leadership, job well done.
WILLIAM (BILL) BOLSTER
Bolling is available for the top job
Well, we are finally coming to the end of all these negative ads. But have we really made a sound decision as to what to do? How could we possibly make a good decision when we have none of the merits of either candidate in the governor’s race, but all the negative?
Oh, what to do when I go to the polls? Wait. There is someone who is qualified and available.
Would you please consider doing a write-in for Lt. Gov. William T. Bolling? I’m sure he can calm your fears and lead us down that straight and narrow path to a responsible state government.
Oh, by the way, Salemites, please vote for Bonnie McCormack. She has served us as city treasurer for so many years so faithfully.
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