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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
McNamara has been AWOL from the GOP
Where is Joe McNamara? As a former Windsor Hills District county supervisor, he continues to be absent from public service. He's been AWOL, not only during his 12 years as a supervisor, but ever since he was voted out of office.
He's not been seen at Roanoke County Republican Committee meetings; not helped at committee functions, fund raisers or political campaigns; and not been involved in community events or functions, nor attended Republican events.
Do we want a supervisor in absentia? Or do we want one who stands by Republican values and is always there when needed?
RoxAnne Christley is involved in her local community. She has been an active member of the Republican Party for more than 10 years. Her enthusiasm and energy are contagious.
Christley is the supervisor we need in the Windsor Hills District. I am going to vote for her, and I will proudly endorse her to anyone who asks.
Vote Christley Saturday at the Brambleton Center.
Region can claim a bit of reflected glory
Many thanks for Linda Hopkins' wonderful column on Secretariat ("Some are born great," April 27).
Residents of this region should take special pride in knowing that in every race he ran, Secretariat wore the colors of Washington and Lee University, the alma mater of owner Penny Chenery's father.
A special horse indeed!
ROBERT M. GILL
Contributions will make a better zoo
I would like to vehemently disagree with Elizabeth Rich, who wrote a letter ("Zoo doesn't have the money to be humane," Jan. 4) stating that Mill Mountain Zoo doesn't have the money to be humane, and therefore should close.
She suggested that the animals are not taken care of properly - that they are in a prison. Mill Mountain Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which has stringent guidelines concerning animal care and zoo policies. If there were an issue, AZA would not have granted accreditation.
I agree when Rich says that the zookeepers at Mill Mountain Zoo are well-intentioned animal lovers.
I volunteered at the zoo, and was impressed by the love and attention given to the animals.
The zookeepers work long hours making life for their animal friends as happy and healthy as possible.
Could conditions be better? Absolutely. But the zoo needs money for improvements. The community needs to make donations. We can't just give up on it. We need to fight to keep it.
I can't imagine driving up to the Star without the zoo being there.
It would be a travesty to lose such a beloved landmark.
A heart without mercy for bombing suspect
Re: John Kern's commentary "Boston and the Blue Ridge Marathon" (May 1):
I agree with the spectator; I hope Dzhokhar dies.
My question to Kern is this: Why would someone who has witnessed all the devastation to their country that Kern listed (none by the U.S.) want to come to America, where he was on welfare as a child, and kill innocent people? Yes, I hope Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dies.
WILLIAM W. JONESS
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