Posted October 31, 2009 | comments 2 Comments


Northern Virginia Daily


Who knows where Dennis Morris stands?

He openly supported preservation of the old Shenandoah County Courthouse but at the last minute voted for a costly new one, doing so without regard to his constituents or the troubled economic times.

He wholeheartedly gave his endorsement for a regional jail -- even calling for its construction west of Toms Brook -- then voted against it. The record indicates his silence at the board meeting when the regional jail was approved and there is nothing to indicate that he attempted to bring other supervisors along to his newly acquired point of view. Is this politically expedient or what?

He claims that he is renewed and energized by his exaggerated number of precinct meetings but conveniently hides behind a frivolous lawsuit in order to smother public debate and stifle questions.

On Nov. 3, the voters in District 5 can write a much-needed headline for this newspaper. Let's hope it reads that the Dennis Morris song and dance has come to an end.

48 Mountain View Drive
Oct. 21, 2009

Northern Virginia Daily


Yes, I'm going with Bob McDonnell. Creigh Deeds has tried to use his paper against him, but I feel that, if anything, it helped him.

Not only is he for Christianity, he also has ideas to help get us out of the mess that two Democrats got us into. To bring to memory the closing of most, if not all, rest areas in the state. And all the people who lost jobs because of the closings.

He has shown that he knows how to help our wonderful state of Virginia come back to the right side as well as help bring us back to were we were.

Rick Randall
204 Wolf Gap Road
Oct. 29, 2009

Northern Virginia Daily


In his letter (Oct. 30 issue) Todd Gilbert says his mother told him to say nothing about someone if he can't say something positive.

Does anyone else remember him calling Mr. Obama a communist and a nazi?

Todd, you're not listening to momma.

Jay Sperry
5923 Gospel St.
Mt. Jackson
Oct. 30, 2009

Northern Virginia Daily


Several months ago, I decided to run for the House of Delegates in the 15th District which includes all of Shenandoah, Page and Rappahannock counties and part of Rockingham County.

I had never run for elected office before, but I realized that my experience, temperament and background allow me to be a strong advocate for our community. Public service has always been important in my family, and this played into my decision to join the U.S. Marine Corps nearly 30 years ago.

In the Marine Corps, there aren't Republicans and there aren't Democrats. There are only Americans, working every day to keep America strong. This is the attitude that I want to bring to the House of Delegates -- a desire to keep Virginia strong and prosperous, regardless of party platforms.

If elected, my primary objective will be to create jobs and grow the economy. The 15th District has the worst unemployment rate in the Valley and among the worst unemployment rates in Virginia. Over the course of my campaign, I have presented voters with a variety of specific plans that will get folks back to work and put our economy back on track.

My ideas include tax credits to small businesses, additional incentives for new or expanding businesses and a renewed focus on improving our local railroad system. I recently put out a video outlining my economic plans, which can be found on my Web site: www.JohnForDelegate.com.

Perhaps more important than my specific economic plan is my core belief that our community needs a pro-active leader in Richmond. Instead of huffing and puffing about extremist ideologies, we need practical advocates who are more concerned about the well-being of their constituents than advancing the political agenda of one party or another.

I believe that good ideas come from both sides of the aisle, and the best solutions are found when everyone has a seat at the table. If you agree, then please vote for me on Nov. 3.

John Lesinski
Friends of John Lesinski
P.O. Box 466
Oct. 30, 2009

Northern Virginia Daily


For the last several months, I have worked closely with John Lesinski to run a campaign that focuses on critical issues facing the Shenandoah Valley. I have seen John put out bold new ideas for creating jobs and putting people back to work, including a 21-page economic plan. I saw him take on Allegheny Power for its frequent and excessive rate increases.

All the while, John has been working harder than anyone I have ever seen because he believes the Valley needs an advocate and a public servant in Richmond. That's not what we have in Todd Gilbert.

For each idea that John has put forward, Gilbert has responded with negativity, accusations and insults. The Gilbert campaign has even gone so far as to openly attack John's military service, using insulting terms such as "ex-Marine" (all Marines know the proper term is "former Marine") and insinuating that our citizen-soldier Reserve forces are second-class.

Perhaps I wouldn't be so offended if Gilbert had any ideas of his own, but he doesn't. Todd Gilbert prefers to stand on the sidelines, spewing partisan hatred, rather than working toward real solutions for people like you and me. We've seen this in Gilbert's campaign and during his four years in office.

So, while I'm disappointed in the actions of Gilbert's campaign over the last few weeks, I'm not particularly surprised. Gilbert obtained confidential information about our campaign, posted the information on his Facebook page and gloated about it with great pride. It was absolutely unethical and inappropriate to use information that he was not supposed to have. Perhaps this is "politics as usual," but that doesn't make it right.

This week, John asked Gilbert for two basic things: an apology for using information that wasn't his and a disclosure of who gave him the information. These are reasonable requests.

How did the Gilbert campaign respond? Negativity, accusations and insults.

Am I surprised? No, but I'm disappointed. And you should be too.

Vote John Lesinski for delegate on Nov. 3.

Camron Gorguinpour
Campaign Manager
John Lesinski for Delegate
5 S. Broad St.
Oct. 30, 2009

Northern Virginia Daily


Each cemetery has different rules for what arrangements are allowed, and eventually abandoned plants, faded artificial flowers or loose bouquets will be removed (not the ones placed on top of the tombstone) Especially after the various holidays, cemetery crews remove these items because of the hazard to mowers.

But in this case that isn't so.

My mother's companion of 30 years passed away 14 months ago. Every occasion my family places flowers and or ornaments on the grave at Riverview Cemetery in Strasburg, then makes sure it is secured to the ground so the wind doesn't blow it away.

We often make visits to the cemetery to check the flowers, but they were gone. This is the third incident that this has happened.

Which led to the conclusion that someone has/is taking these.

This is disgusting. This has been happening far too often. We put flowers and ornaments on the grave and they go missing. If you ask me, it takes one sick-in-the-head person to do something like this. Where are the morals?

I hope that whoever is doing this one day gets a taste of his own medicine. What goes around comes around. (Shame on you.)

Flowers placed on a grave are in remembrance who's not forgotten.

160 Falcon Trail
Oct. 15, 2009

Northern Virginia Daily


It amazes me that your newspaper can give full coverage to the gay march in Washington last Sunday (Oct. 11) but not one word about the first Life Chain held in Woodstock Oct 4.

Around 175 people participated. How many does it take for you to report on it? 2,000, 3,000 or doesn't it matter?

For those who are wondering what the Life Chain is, we stood beside Route 11 and Route 42 with pro-life signs. We had 99 percent positive responses from passing vehicles. It is a nationwide pro-life stand and has been going on for at least 20 years.

Rosemary Sheering
1728 Fravel Road
Oct. 15, 2009

Northern Virginia Daily


I don't understand rabid Obama hate. It's almost like a sickness -- people frothing at the mouth, waiting for every bit of negativity to sink their teeth into. I think if people could inject Obama hate directly into their veins, they would.

Purified Obama hate: the newest high that cable news networks are selling in the darkened alleyways of people's minds. People start showing signs of withdrawal if there isn't anything new to hate, and each time they hate it has to be for bigger, badder reasons. We live in a nation of people addicted to fear and hatred.

The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace is the latest Obama venom that seems to have bitterly impassioned a large number of people.

Without making a case either for or against the prize, let's throw this out there: Why do you care? When's the last time the Nobel people handed out prizes and you got really peeved? Sure, sometimes we roll our eyes and sometimes we scratch our heads, but when's the last time you actually got angry about a Nobel Peace Prize?

I'm beginning to envision previously rational people hiding in the shadows of Dumpsters behind cable news network buildings, in the throes of their latest withdrawals, pleading, "feed meee, my precioussssssss!"

Kellie Morton
306 N. Muhlenberg St.
Oct. 12, 2009

Northern Virginia Daily


In response to Gene Rigelon's latest fantasies and misinformation obtained from dubious Web sites, I quote for his re-education statistics from the current U.S. Census Bureau and U.N. figures:

Population growth: There are 6.7 billion people in the world right now (U.S. Census Bureau Web site). Rigelon states that "world population will be more than 11 billion by 2035." However, according to current Census Bureau information, in 2035 world population will be only 8.5 billion. Further, it states that world population growth rates have been decreasing since 1960 and by 2050 will be reduced to less than 0.5 percent (that's only half a percent, Gene).

Concerning condoms: Statistics from www.UNAIDS.org show that condoms are totally ineffective in preventing HIV/AIDS. The Philippines established an HIV/AIDS program based on abstinence and the resulting HIV infection rate is exceptionally low: 113 per million. Thailand enacted a "100 percent condom use program" and the HIV infection rate skyrocketed to 9,072 per million.

Additionally, Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan, who founded the Human Sexuality Program at the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, wrote "The Real Truth about Women and AIDS" has said, "Counting on condoms is flirting with death."

The late Julian Simon, population expert and professor, stated: "Population growth does not have a statistically negative effect upon economic growth. We know that from 30 years of careful quantitative scientific studies -- just the opposite of what the public believes. Because human knowledge allows us to produce more finished products out of fewer raw materials, natural resources are becoming more available."

So much for Rigelon's bogus propaganda.

It seems the Ghost of Christmas Present from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" should reprimand Rigelon as he did Scrooge with: "Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child. Oh God! to hear the insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!''

John W. Fusto
1112 Happy Ridge Drive
Front Royal
Oct. 14, 2009


    I wonder if Kelli Morton ever had the same concerns over the rabid hatred of George W Bush. The Obama detractors haven't even come close to the nastiness imposed on Mr. Bush. And before any of you "Kim Bishop haters" out there accuse me of being a republican plant, please know I'm simply drawing the comparison NOT endorsing the Bush presidency.

      Kelli, I couldn't agree more! I voted for Bush not once, but twice and I have to admit that during the second term, I wondered what the heck had happened to him because he just seemed to be losing his mind! The final straw was when he was contemplating selling our ports to the Saudis! What the heck??

      Even with my waning support for him during that time, I never ever saw the hatred for him as I do for President Obama. That hatred has turned otherwise reasonable people into something I do not even recognize nor respect!

      It took over 8 years to create the mess we are in, but these people honestly believe that President Obama should have had this mess cleaned up by now! Some even blame HIM for all of this mess!! Unbelieveable!!

      I have usually voted for the person, not the party and the majority of the time I have voted Republican with the exception of Clinton's 2nd term and President Obama. After seeing and hearing what this party represents anymore, it will be a long time coming before I ever trust that party again nor do I wish to be affiliated with them and their idealogies anymore!

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