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Sunday, April 28, 2013
All would be lost without columnist
Re: "Welcome to go where there's gun control," April 24 letter by Hamilton Beard:
No - wait, Mr. Beard. Yes, let the gun control crybabies move to Australia or New Zealand or wherever they want to go. But please, not Dan Casey.
Don't you realize he's our resident expert on everything? Feeding the elderly, gun control, the greenway, bicycle safety and the Taubman Museum are only a few areas of his expertise.
How in the world could we survive without him telling us how to think about everything from politics to parenting?
If you don't believe he knows it all, just ask him.
DORIS T. HANSEL
Vote to send Austin to the Va. House
My 20 years of working with Terry Austin in government and politics evokes these examples of his principled leadership:
Generosity: using his own time and equipment to build new facilities at public parks and schools.
Engagement: at midnight, working shoulder to shoulder with county employees to restore power to utilities after the derecho.
Leadership: Austin, as board of supervisors chairman, instilling new levels of accessibility and responsiveness to local government.
Agility: working with business leaders and elected officials to promote regional economic development, including expansion of Mead-Westvaco, creation of a regional jail, improvements to regional transportation and introduction of dozens of businesses.
Tenacity: advocating tirelessly on behalf of public education, recreation and safety, while respecting budgetary restraint.
Vision: consistently seeing over the horizon, identifying challenges ahead of others. Examples include expanded athletic facilities, advance positioning for Interstate 81 Exit 150 and the upgrade of emergency services.
Rare is the person with Austin's skills, energy and dedication; rarer still is the opportunity to send such a person to the House of Delegates. We in Alleghany, Bedford and Botetourt counties will make an enormous contribution to good government by nominating Austin on May 7.
STEPHEN P. CLINTON
Botetourt County Board of Supervisors
Will the heat be on pressure cookers?
As details emerge concerning the two horrific bombs at the Boston Marathon, we learn that they are similar in construction to an improvised explosive device with parts, usually comprised of a pressure cooker loaded with shrapnel (nails, ball bearings and other metal objects) - all easily found in your local big box and hardware stores.
Here's the rub. Should we ban pressure cookers, nails, ball bearings and other small hardware because of their potentially mortal danger to the public at large?
DENISE R. HUFFMAN
Put resource officers in every school
We are graduate students in social work at Radford University. We and three others have been doing an advocacy project for HB 1730, a bill in this year's Virginia House of Delegates. It would have required all Virginia public schools to have a student resource officer. Unfortunately, it did not get out of committee, due mainly to funding issues.
While paying for SROs is a complex issue, we believe there should be safety over complacency. We must do more to find an answer to the funding obstacle. As one middle school teacher we interviewed said, "Would we rather put our money toward creating a safe environment for our students, or is there something more important to fund?" We and many others argue there is no greater priority.
HB 1730 did not pass this year, but hopefully a bill like it will in the future. With the shootings at Sandy Hook fresh in our minds, we regretfully can say the issue is not going to go away. We ask that you please contact all your elected officials and let them know you want safety over complacency.
Take a stand for SROs and safety in public schools.
Relocate the library where parking is free
I agree with Laurie Platt's April 20 letter ("Now the library lacks free parking") about the downtown library. I have a solution to the problem.
Move the downtown library to the vacant Ukrop's building, provided there is no firm commitment for its future use.
There is ample parking there, and the exterior would stand out as a library.
Also, since the downtown trolley comes close to that location, riding it to and from the library would be free if the trolley made a stop there.
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