I would like to encourage all county citizens to come out and vote for George Allen on Nov. 6. You may only have a casual interest in politics, but this goes way beyond politics. Just look back to 1994, when George Allen became governor. At that time, we had experienced a decade-long decline in local capital investment, our schools were falling into disrepair, you had to leave town to do 80 percent of your shopping. We also had double-digit unemployment, and very few local private sector jobs with health insurance and a 401K.
I had the pleasure to serve on the Economic Development Authority for 12 years, beginning in 1994. The timing could not have been better! When we appealed to Allen for assistance in landing large employers looking for mid-Atlantic locations, he did not look at our county as a politician would, seeing one of the state's smaller voting blocks. No! He looked at Warren County as an opportunity to serve and make a difference!
Allen actually went with us out to meet face to face with the CEOs in their home states.
All one has to do is ride north on 522 to see what a difference that has made! Many local people now have good jobs, with health insurance and a 401K. It wasn't always like that.
Take a ride around the new shopping centers, parks, and schools. How often have you seen our current senators in Warren County? When Allen was in the Senate, he took every opportunity to visit Front Royal. He has always been there for Warren County. Please make it a top priority to come out and vote for Allen on Oct, 6.
Bill Barnett, Bentonville