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The Journal, February 25, 2009, Wednesday 15 Vir__qinia Viewpoints Virginia is in the spotlight again The Virginia Governor's race is one of only two governor's races in the nation, the otherbeing New Jer- sey, that fall in an odd year. It's a bit quirky and I still don't quite un- derstand DAVID S. why we KERR still have our elec- tions out of cycle with everyone else. But, in recent years, this unusual bit scheduling has given the Virginia Governor's Race an unexpected level of national attention. Both parties see it as an off year indicator of how In the Editorial "Petty and frivo- lous? Come' on!" dated 2/18, I must commend the unknown author for writing what amounts to a mirror image of my own opinion. I can only hope it also sums up everyone's feelings in the county. I'm sure to repeat many of the same topics, but feel the need to express my dismay at the lack of leadership in the county. .While the School Board worries and frets over the request from the they're doing. Also, starting in the late 1970's there emerged a new conventional wisdom. Namely, that if one party holds the White House, then the other party is in a good position to pick up the Governor's mansion. During the Carter Administration, the Republicans won. When Ron: aid Reagan and then George H.W. Bush were in the White House the Democrats won. When Bill Clinton was President Republicans surged back into power, and during the Bush II Administration the Demo- crats staged a comeback. Now, the Republicans are desperately hoping this pattern will repeat itself. The GOP took a lot of hit in the Commonwealth last year. They were already on a losing streak, but their luck only got worse in 2008. The Republicans lost John Warner's senate seat and at the same time man- aged to lose three of Virginia's eleven Congressional seats. However, most significantly, the state carried for Barack Obama. If there were a Richter scale in politics this would have represented an 8.0 shake up Now, Virginia Republicans, and national Republicans too, consider the Virginia Governor's race the first step on a comeback trail. The figuring nationally is that if the Com- monwealth, fresh offofa Democratic win in the Presidential election, sup- ports a Republican to be its Governor, that this will be an indicator that the country isn't necessarily happy with the Democrats in Washington. At the very least, even if they can't turn it into an indication of a change in the national mood, it will at least represent some reclaimed ground. Virginia Republicans seem to be cooperating and are avoiding a contested nomination, This is encouraging. The Virginia GOP has on occasion shown itself to be a contentious bunch. They proved this last year when they gave former Congressman Tom Davis the cold shoulder, preferring instead to have a knock down drag out convention to pick Jim Gilmore. That was a disastrous approach. However, this year, they are putting all that aside. Their nominee, Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been chosen and is already campaigning. He has, according to the last financial report, raised $1.6 million. So early in the year that's an impressive amount. However, most significantly he is assembling a first rate campaign team. Ed Gillespie, a former Re- publican National Committee Chair, has signed on to run the McDonnell campaign. Gillespie is considered one of the best organizers on the GOP side and brings with him a rather impressive rolodex. He can summon up help from all over the Republican establishment. We get Letters, Letters, Letters Board of Supervisors' to change the new high school's plaque, there ap- pear to be two main areas of com- plaint; the reason and the cost. While I'm sure many would love to hear the juicy gossip behind the reason for the change (if there even is any) does it really matter? Let's do the right thing and put everyone's name on there. Every single member of the School Board and Board of Supervisors since each Board was created. And the cost, while an obvious concern in these tough times, is $2,000 really that much compared to how much has been wasted already? You know what I'm talking about, The Smoking Ban in publicly owned buildings, which in my mind is very reasonable. A publicly owned building, by its very nature, is a place which is owned by all the people and where folks need to go,. as opposed to choose to go. Clearly, a restaurant open to the public is a private business that people choose to patronize. I am an environmentalist because I believe the consequences of the way a person uses his own property should not infringe on the rights of others to enjoy their property. Of- ten, government is the only effective means to mediate such externalities. However, no matter how noble the goal, government should be far more reluctant to get involved in matters of contract between two parties when both parties are willing contract participants. In closing, the market is quickly pushing restaurants toward being smoke free because the majority of diners find eating in a smoke filled - Often in public life being "against" ' Z-'bitl or "for" a bill is defined as also '(faeoring the inverse. To give more detail, if you op- pose manda- tory seat belt laws, then you are for wrecks and carnage. If you oppose state man- dated educa- l tionaltesting, Albert Pollard you can get painted as against "edu- cational accountability" - or so some folks would say. Every now and then I find myself on the unpopular side of a popular issue. From what I can tell, that is the case of my vote against the ban on smoking in restaurants last week. Certainly, I did not cast this vote because I am smoker (I am not), nor am I any fan of smoke-filled restaurants. I voted against this ban because I do not think it is govern- ment's responsibility to police the relationship between a business that offers a product (a smoke filled restaurant) and a person who might want a product (a smoke free restaurant). Ironically, last Wednesday night in Richmond, the day before final passage of "the smoking ban", I was to meet a colleague at a restaurant he had suggested. As occasionally happens, I got to the restaurant a little early. When I walked in, the place was filled with smoke and quite frankly pretty gross and not at all appetizing. And guess what? I walked out of the restaurant, waited for my colleague and then we found another place to eat. This ability to choose distinguishes the ban in private restaurants from Governor Kaine's ban on smoking Subscribe to The Journal. ::: Call 775-2024 -: to charge it or 00;ubscribe online at :Www.journalpress. the $35,000+ spent on two court cases that should have been easily resolved out of court with a much smaller amount of money. And while I've heard the argument that those cases couldn't be settled out of court due to the "principle of the matter," what about the principle of being financially accountable? Isn't that part of the School Board's set of goals? Sounds like they didn't do the right thing. So in an effort to apply the pro- verbial 20/20 hindsight to a solution, here's my proposal: Do the right thing. Four simple words that fix ev- erything that has and is wrong in our School Board. Here are two examples of how to apply it to the previous leadership errors. The School Board proposes a new plaque that includes the names of those on the Board of Supervisors. Do the right thing and ask for their input. The School Board revises the Code of Conduct for students. Do the right thing and get legal advice to make sure it is legal. By my account, doing the right thing could have saved the Board of Supervisors $2,000 and the school system could have spent the $ 35,000 on Head Start instead of legal fees. Nell Richard King George, VA Wittman Update Bay Bill cleanup management WASHINGTON, DC- Congress- man Rob Wittman, an environmental scientist by trade, has reintroduced the Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act, H.R. 1053, in an effort to fun- damentally alter the man- agement of Chesapeake Bay restora- tion activi- ties. Yester- day, Wittman held a press conference at the Virginia Rob Wittman General As- sembly build- ing along with Assembly members and Chesapeake Bay stakeholders to announce the bill's reintroduction The Chesapeake Bay partnership includes 10 federal agencies, six states and the District of Columbia, While you're waiting for the mail ... or if you are out of town ... You can still read The Journal on-line! ii! The Journal is available in [ Flash format If you are a current subscriber, go to and click on "Journal On-Line Edition" Click on the email link there and send us the Iogin and password you would like to use along with information on how your name and address appears on the mailing label for your paper. Once we set up your Iogin and password you can go back to the same page and click on the link to read the paper on-line. over one thousand localities and multiple non-governmental organi- zations. To date, the complexity of the participants has resulted in a muddled effort. "Right now we have several agen- cies and groups that are concerned about the Bay, but we're not ad- equately working together. The right and left hands aren't telling each other what they're doing, and that's what this bill will accomplish," said Wittman. Wittman's legislation would fully implement two cutting edge management techniques, crosscut budgeting and adaptive management, to enhance coordination, flexibility and efficiency of restoration efforts. Neither technique is currently re- quired or fully utilized in the Bay restoration efforts, where results have lagged far behind the billions of dollars spent. "Both methods required by this bill have been used successfully in complex restoration efforts in the Everglades, the Great Lakes and the California Bay Delta. By taking a couple pages out of their playbook, I think we will achieve substantial improvements in Chesapeake Bay restoration," said Wittman. In drafting this legislation, Con- gressman Wittman drew heavily on his 16 years of experience as a shell- fish specialist monitoring water qual- ity and environmental health issues in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Whether for prominent events for the faithful, or quieter, closed door fundraisers for the big givers, the leading GOP names are planning to be in Virginia. It wouldn't be surprising if such note worthies as John McCain, S arah Palin, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to name a few, all come to Virginia to help McDonnell. McDonnell has an open opportu- nity. This isn't election 2008 and it won't be a referendum, as that elec- tion was, on President Bush. Also, Barack Obama won't be at the top of the ticket. Virginians, if offered a sound candidate, may be ripe for a return to the GOP. What's more, the Democrats are facing a fractious three way nomination battle. Brian Moran, the former delegate from Northern Virginia, State Senator Creigh Deeds, and now Clinton intimate, Terry McAuliffe, an im- probable entry if ever there was one, are going at it full bore. Moran has 12 16 19 23 30 36 40 43 support in the North and from party regulars, Deeds has his own following, and McAuliffe has lots and lots of money. Also he has Bill Clinton. I would still put my money on Moran, but it's going to be a difficult fight. The Democrats don't pick their nominee until June, at which point, with wounds to heal, and money to raise, the nominee is going to have to quickly work to catch up with Mc- Donnell. Of course, the Democrats will be pulling out their big names too. The new chairman of the Democratic Party, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, will see to that. However, while President Obama, and the national Democratic Party can be counted on to help, its doubtful if they see it as the same kind of make or break race that the Republicans do. 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