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Monday, October 21, 2013
A Lt. Gov. Northam would do Va. proud
For the first time since former Rep. L.F. Payne ran in 1997, a VMI graduate is seeking statewide office. This is your chance to support another statesman, one who will maintain competent governance in the office of Virginia’s lieutenant governor.
As a lowly rat at the Virginia Military Institute in 1980, I was required to memorize and recite the name of Ralph Northam. He was a first classman and our regimental commander — the top cadet officer, a position he executed with distinction. He also was elected by his peers to the corps of cadets’ most respected position, president of VMI’s Honor Court.
Northam attained his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. As a major in the U.S. Army, he served his country treating soldiers during Operation Desert Storm. He then specialized in pediatric neurology at Johns Hopkins.
While maintaining a practice, Northam was elected to the Virginia Senate, where he has championed women’s rights, children’s issues and fiscal conservativism.
He has deftly negotiated the extremes of party ideology and fought passionately for issues of central importance to Virginians.
We would be fortunate to have such a disciplined statesman as lieutenant governor. Consider voting for Northam on Nov. 5.
Take care of your aim if there’s a war on coal
Lets get real, folks. The real enemy of coal is not President Obama, Terry McAuliffe or the Environmental Protection Agency. Anybody who tells you they are is just trying to score political points by scapegoating someone else.
What is the real enemy of coal today? The natural gas interests generally, and fracking in particular. At this point, the EPA’s role in this drama is very minor.
If people were serious about being friends of coal, they would be doing their best to point out the serious risks associated with natural gas extraction, rather than pretending that Democratic leadership is the problem.
If you think there is a war on coal, and if you’re on coal’s side, think before you shoot. Your vote is not a very useful weapon in this war, especially if you aim impulsively.
Do not be duped by Republicans’ deceitful attempts to use the troubles of the coal industry for their own political gain.
PAUL H. BLANEY
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