Posted October 15, 2012 | comments 6 Comments

Letter to the Editor: Kaine is the better choice for senator


We all know that there is a lot at stake in the elections next month. Right here in Virginia we are witnessing one of the tightest Senate races in the country. The recent debate in Richmond between the two former governors, Tim Kaine and George Allen, gave us a glimpse of what we can expect of the candidates if they are elected to office.

The looming sequestration cuts they both spoke of are just one example of an issue that requires bipartisan cooperation and swift action. After listening to both candidates speak about their plans to address this, Kaine's was clearly the better choice. He calls on Congress to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire on incomes over $500,000, repeal tax breaks for big oil and gas, and allow government to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. The plan strikes me as straight forward and agreeable to both parties.

Unfortunately, I can't share many details on Allen's plan because he hasn't done so himself.

Allen did offer one suggestion: repeal the Affordable Care Act, an action that the Congressional Budget Office has said would actually raise the deficit. Other than that, he expressed that the government should make cuts in other areas, but wouldn't specify where.

On an issue this important to our nation, we need a senator who has a real strategy. Let's elect Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate.

Suzanne H. Conrad

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    Good letter Ms. Conrad and to the point. Tim Kaine won the debate, no doubt about it and I hope after the Rhinestone Cowboy, Allen loses this race he will finally get the message and ride off into the sunset.

    This hot air Republican clone has nothing to offer us but the same old, recycled empty words we've been listening to all year. This election process is drawn out far too long and none of them have anything new to say. Have you noticed?

    George Allen is a racist who thinks women should be barefoot and pregnant.

    To be 100% honest, "I" don't like either of them. I'm voting for Kaine primarily because of the last years of obstruction from Republicans in Congress. Your team never wins if the running backs and tight ends think their only responsibility is to make the QB fail and even ADMIT to it. America will never win if Congress members only play party games. It really is just that simple.

    But if you want a different reason, I'm completely against ever seeing a "Virginia Coast Oil Spill" all over the news and don't believe the risks to our coastal line revenue is worth it.

      The XL pipeline, which would cost $7 billion and whose southern portion is under construction and slated for completion next year, is the most potent symbol of the dying order. If completed, it will pump 1.1 million barrels a day of unrefined tar sand fluid from tar sand mine fields in Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. Tar sand oil is not conventional crude oil. It is a synthetic slurry that, because tar sand oil is solid in its natural state, must be laced with a deadly brew of toxic chemicals and gas condensates to get it to flow. Tar sands are boiled and diluted with these chemicals before being blasted down a pipeline at high pressure. Water sources would be instantly contaminated if there was a rupture. The pipeline would cross nearly 2,000 U.S. waterways, including the Ogallala Aquifer, source of one-third of the United States’ farmland irrigation water. And it is not a matter of if, but when, it would spill. TransCanada’s Keystone I pipeline, built in 2010, leaked 12 times in its first 12 months of operation. Because the extraction process emits such a large quantity of greenhouse gases, the pipeline has been called the fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet. The climate scientist James Hansen warns that successful completion of the pipeline, along with the exploitation of Canadian tar sands it would facilitate, would mean “game over for the climate.”

      - Chris Hedges (Truthdigs)

      This government is willing to rape the land regardless of the consequences and our Virginia Coastlines are now threatened if the Republicans have their way.

      The previous paragraph clearly points out the threat to the our country: another example of "greed over green"or the previous Republican slogan, "Drill Baby Drill". You can't drink oil folks! And when all the rivers, oceans and land are finally exhausted or poisoned, the masses will be banging on the iron gates of the rich for a crumb of bread or a drop of water.

      I cannot believe the changes I've seen in my own lifetime: we should all be frightened for our future and demand that our natural resources be saved and protected before it's too late. Destruction of our planet is a real possibility now and this country is not responding to the current problems. It's not a matter of politics - it's a matter of survival.

        Its a real shame Diana that more people don't take the time to investigate the pros and cons. All they remember is Fox Spews says its "tens of thousands of jobs", they wont even bother to verify that lie through TransCanada's website. The whole matter is just plain bad news, but no one bothers looking past the talking heads to see it.

        Interesting site btw.

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