Some interesting letters to the editor appeared in the Manassas Journal-Messenger today, and since few of these will ever find their way onto the MJM website, it’s worth a recap of some of the more interesting items.
Steve Chapman of Manassas leads off with a recap of the recent Stewart/Pandak debate and gives an endorsement of Corey Stewart, where he manages to take a few jabs at Marty Nohe and Maureen Caddigan in the process. He concludes with:
…if you want higher taxes for business (which will be passed on to consumers) possibly higher property taxes (to maintain services), a person who wants to blame Richmond for all of our transportation woes, and who supports homosexual marriage, please vote Sharon Pandak. If you are looking for a proven fighter to keep taxes low, control growth, someone who is committed to work with the delegation and bring more of our money back to Prince William, and lastly, someone who is steadfast in respecting all life and traditional family values, your only choice for chairman is Corey Stewart on Nov. 7.
Jennifer Brooks of Springfield, who identifies herself as a Navy Veteran, writes this about Jim Webb:
…Some believe that Jim Webb’s negative views on women in the Navy is a thing of the past. Previois articles and speeches are dismissed with “that was a long time ago.” However it is important to note that in the present he is falsely taking credit for initiating opportunities for women at sea. This present, misleading conduct does not recommend him to me as a senator.
Joe and Gina Powers of Dumfries have this insight about Corey Stewart and Sharon Pandak:
Recently, my wife and I submitted two questions to candidates Corey Stewart and Sharon Pandak asking what their position is regarding illegal immigration and day labor sites.
Mr. Stewart’s immediate response was: I am against day labor sites and I believe social services should be limited to citizens and legal residents.
Ms. Pandak did not reply.
We will be voting for Corey Stewart.
Bruce Roemmelt of Haymarket, previous and expected future Democratic challenger to Delegate Bob Marshall, defends Sharon Pandak’s refusal to pledge to protect the Rural Crescent, and claims that Sharon Pandak “was one of a small group in the county who had the vision and dedication needed to establish the Rural Crescent.” How an attorney working for the county would actually do this, is unknown. He then claims that because Pandak has lived in the county longer than Stewart, Pandak is more qualified to “defend the Rural Crescent”. Pretty bizarre stuff.
Tom Philips of Manassas, gives the editorial board of the MJM a thorough thrashing for their previous editorial opposing the participation of Manassas in the Immigration and Nationality Act Section 287(g) program. Here’s an excerpt:
That attitude is exactly why there are between 10 and 20 million illegals in America today. The editorial even reaches on the impact the program might have on the city Police Department. Should the city police ignore every future law that requires law enforcement due to a lack of manpower and resources? Or, should it adapt and follow the wishes of the political body that pass the new laws?
We simply cannot ignore the problem any longer. It seems the City Council agrees. I’d rather live in a city that takes that stance rather than a city such as Houston or Denver that has just the opposite stance, and does not allow their police officers to check the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants.
Seems Tom might agree with this post from earlier this month.
I’m leaving a couple LTE’s out of this roundup that I feel don’t make the cut. The Manassas Journal-Messenger is free to start posting all LTE’s published in the paper online to provide broader coverage and subvert my editorial decisions. RIght now they post a very small subset, which is unfortunate. Posting all these letters, and allowing discussion related to them would probably result in a fascinating community discussion board.
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