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8 Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress,com VIRGINIA VIEWPOINTS When it comes to running a legislative calendar, the Virginia General Assembly functions like clockwork. It has too. qqae "long" session is 60 legislative days and the short session, which DAVID S, KERR : we'reinthisyear, is 45 legislative days. Given various holidays and interruptions that's about two months in Richmond. That would be fine if the delegates and senators only had to work through a handful of bills. That's far from the case. Ofi.en they have hundreds of bills to consider. Every kind of bill you can imagine is being introduced. There is a bill to arm school security guards with non-lethal weapons, ano~er to allow certain types of home food manufacturing and still another to legalize marijuana. There are all sorts of bills affecting local government, everything from sewage hookup fees, to local taxes. However, that's not where most of the debate is going to be. There are a number of important pieces of legislation coming up and they're going to be some frayed tempers as they're considered. This won't be a quiet session. There are a number of important pieces of legislation coming up and they're going to be some frayed tempers as they're considered. This won't be a quiet session. Perhaps one of the most pressing issues is what to do about ethics. Last year's proposals, as most of the members found out from their constituents, weren't enough. Indeed, they were downright laughable. This year, going into the session, Speaker William Howell, and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment are supporting a bill cappmg gifts to legislators at $100. That's encouraging, but it's a long session and these things have a habit of being watered down in committee. As has been noted, many of the gift givers, lobbyists in particular, want to be able to keep buying and giving girls. That's their stock and trade. They're going to work as hard as they hard to make the legislation less stringent. However, the members know, that anyone who opposes tighter ethics legislation is creating an issue for their opponents in a party primary or in a general election. The debate about expanding Medicaid, as a part of Obamacare, will particularly those facing a possible be back. The legislation, sadly, will primary challenges from the right, fail again. No matter how sound the will be lining up to see who can be arguments in its favor, no matter how the most strident in opposing the bill. many other GOP legislatures have To the governor's credit, forgive the accepted the Medicaid money, the bill phrasing, he is sticking to his guns, just won't pass in Richmond. It's the and in a world of flip flop politics, signature issue for House Republicans that's admirable. and that's that. Other bills that may get There is also Gov. Terry McAuliffe's consideration include one to limit proposal to reinstate, the one-gun-a- the ability of police to seize assets. month legislation that was repealed This is one gold mine that needs to in 2012. He'd also like to close be dosed. Also, there will be bills to the gun show background check further reduce the excessive number loophole. However, he knows the fate of standardized exams in school and of these bills as well as anyone. The proposals that desperately need to be Republicans plan to strike down these acted on, to bolster mental health care bills down with impunity. The debate in the state. will be acrimonious. Republicans, All this an4 more in just 45 days. Band together to fight planned water rate hike Dear Editor, Customers of Virginia American Water have just received notification from VAW that it has petitioned for a "baCk door" rate increase. VAW wishes to create a Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Service Charge. About two pages are wasted explaining that this is not a rate increase but just another tack on to our bill. If it acts like a rate increase - raises my monthly water bill - it ain't a duck. " The "water pirates" are waterboarding us again.. Obviously, this notice was timed to arrive during the holidays in hopes that we might overlook it. I am sure many did. The first deadline for comment is Jan. 31. Therefore, we had better get on it. No matter what county you live in, call your county administrator (if you can't look up the number y, ou don't really care) and complain. Just to provide information you may not have, the last rate increase was successfully reduced due largely to the efforts of Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi. With little or no help from the other county administrators, he brought most of the Northern Neck Homeowners Association officers together and we raised money to save money. A contribution of $250 per user has saved each of us about $15 monthly for a couple of years. Try to get that kind of return out of the stock market. Also, be advised that some associations did not cooperate and just reaped the benefit without helping out. You know, kinda like not joining the union where you work or not giving to the church. Let George do it. Do not count on that happening again. I am a firm believer in united we stand - divided we fall. If you are a customer, it is up to you to get this ball rolling. My personal advice to Norm Risavi would be to act only if he received enough phone calls to assure him that we really care what our water bill is. If we do not care, then he should not care. Some of us are paying more for our water than we pay for real estate tax. Therefore, I believe the various county governments in the Northern Neck should bear the cost of fighting this. But that ain't gonna happen. Butch Foutz Ebb Tide Beach Brabo deserves better treatment from board Dear Editor, I am outraged that, once again, our male supervisors in King George, have embarrassed themselves and our county by refusing to elect Supervisor Ruby Brabo to a leadership Position. Based on past practices and their own descriptions of the process, there .is no rationale or precedence for this omission other than discrimination, which has regularly been displayed publicly toward Ms. Brabo. Ms. Brabo has functioned as well, if not better, than any of these men and is even more qualified for lea~tership on this board because of her deep belief in citizen inclusion in decision making. She is not my representative, but she has changed the face of politics in King George by her transparency. Her proactive response to governance and citizen involvement surpass that of stagnation and poor or self-serving goal of keeping the residents of our her fellow board members. Using her decision making in this county. I'll county safe. Facebook page and town meetings, close by posing a question to my During a recent luncheon held to she has opened up government in this fellow King George citizens: "What honor folks for outstanding efforts county byinforming and listening to have your supervisor and the at- toward the department's goal, a list citizens. She also ha worked hard to large supervisor done to improve the was shared of the many community get the board to make fewer "closed- quality of your life and the life of the outreach events successfully door" decisions. With little success, county?" completed by the employees of unfortunately. It is time for fresh viewpoints and the .sheriff's office this year. The A search of the Web showed no' some competition! community should be proud to evidence of the other supervisors Carolyne Ashton know that our sheriff's office has using social media, not even a county participated in or led the following events: Some Gave All Memorial "Supervisors" web page (posting KG Sheriff's Office Ride, Special Olympics Torch meeting minutes don't count). This is a serious failing as today's citizens deserves applagse Run/Meet in the Middle, Polar Plunge, Cover the Cruiser, Summer are using social media constantly for There is a saying, "When someone Games, Guns and Hoses Softball obtaining and sharing information. .does something good, applaud! You Tournament, National Night Out, The lack of this practice, and the will make two people happy:' apparent preference for closed-do6r With that in mind, I would like to Bright Beginnings Back to School Program, Creepy Crawly and Zombie decisions, suggest these men are applaud the King George Sheriff's Run, Fall Festival Parade, Bike Fest, behind the times and do not value office. I have had the honor of Veterans Hunt and Shop with the the notion of inclusive government, volunteering there for the last nine Sheriff. It is time for KingGeorge residents months. Keep in mind this is all on top of to step up and stand behind Ms. During that time, I have become the serious mission of keeping you Brabo, to support her election to the acquainted with the myriad folks and me safe. Please take time to at-large position in November, and it takes to make the department thank the members of the force and function. Each individual (both on those behind the scenes when you encourage other citizens like her to the front lines and the support staff) meet them in your daily activities. run for other'supervisorpositions, is necessary to create the unified, "When someone does something We have a verylazy and dangerous well-oiled SUCCESSFUL force. Each good, applaud. You will make two practice of electing the same people One should be acknowledged for their ,, people happy. for decades, which is leading to part in attaining the department's CaroI Sparbel O The 10250 Kings Highway Post Office Box 409, King George, VA 22485 Phone: (540) 775-2024 Fax: (540) 775-4099 Online: PRESIDENT DIRECTOR, ADVERTISING & SALES Jessica Herrink jherrink@jOurnalpress'cm Tanya Myles tanya@journalpress,com PUBLISHER SALES REPRESENTATIVES Jessica Herrink news@journalpress,com Dennis Verdak SUBSCRIPTIONS Carla Gutridge Bonnie Gouvisis bonnie@journalpress,com Legal/Classified Display carla@journalpress,com REPORTERS Church & Community Iori@journalpress,com Phyllis Cook GRAPHIC ARTIST Linda Farneth lindafarneth@verizon,net Leonard Banks leonard@journalpress,com Richard Leggitt PRODUCT~ON/MIS SPORTS EDITOR Drue Murray drue@journalpress,com Leonard Banks GENERAL MANAGER COMMUNITY NEWS Robert Berczuk Lori Deem Subscription rate is $24 per year (52 issues), or 50 on newsstands. 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