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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
An exceptionally bad showing in the House
A congressional House minority composed of extreme right-wing, self-serving, gerrymandered Republicans has manipulated the closure of the U.S. government because it could not prevail in an electoral or responsible legislative process to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
This shutdown hinders our weak economic recovery and business confidence. It’s one pathetic demonstration of that unique “American exceptionalism” those same Republicans love to boast of and claim credit for.
Pride in the Park displaced parking
Dan Casey wrote a blog post about the anger and protests organizers and participants at the Pride in the Park event endured (“Anyone recognize these Pride in the Park protesters?” Sept. 24). Not all the anger had to do with homophobia. Much of it had to do with the River’s Edge parking lot being closed off during Saturday morning youth sports.
Youth soccer and football games are no longer spread across the valley. They all take place at River’s Edge. Hundreds of families are there every Saturday during the fall for the games. Because of Pride in the Park, families struggled to find parking. Some parked as far away as The Soccer Stop on Franklin Road.
This fiasco led to games starting late and being played without all the players. Children wearing cleats, many carrying football gear, had to walk for blocks to reach their games. This is what had so many people angry.
It’s not as if there are no other parks available for this event. Families, spectators, even officials were angry at everyone and everything involving the event. It had nothing to do with those attending. It had everything to do with blatant disrespect for the young athletes.
Cuccinelli protects Va. from godlessness
Ronald Hall (“Everything in its place, please,” Sept. 29 Pick of the day) and Mark Schleupner (“ ‘Distinguished’ only by far-right positions,” Sept. 28 letter) deserve a Kick in the Pants Award for their far-left remarks, and I’m only too glad to deliver it.
The left is fully responsible for the sorry state in which this country finds itself, but its proponents have the almighty gall to blame conservatives. Liberals think they have the correct answers to everything, but quite the opposite is true.
Thank God for all Ken Cuccinelli’s accomplishments, which Schleupner denigrates, as Virginia would be a little further along the road to complete godlessness if it weren’t for his good work as attorney general. God forbid that Terry McAuliffe should be elected governor — a disgrace to his (supposed) Catholic faith with his constant barrage of lies in his attacks against Cuccinelli and his proud support of abortion (remember, it’s murder).
CHARLES S. WERTALIK
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