Letters to the Editor

Posted: May 23, 2013

May’s pro-life claims are empty

Joe May doesn’t walk the talk. He claims that he takes a certain stance on several issues, yet his voting record does not align with what his mouth is saying.

He has supported four huge tax and fee increases in his 20 years as delegate, going as far, in 2004, as joining ranks with then-Gov. Mark Warner to cast the swing vote for higher taxes. These taxes were supposed to go to ease gridlock but instead financed higher spending.

Throwing more money at transportation is not the answer. Effectively delegating the money already allocated is what David LaRock intends to do if elected.

Joe May claims to be 100 percent pro-life, yet his 100 percent rating from the left-leaning Family Foundation of Virginia is also a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Take a look at his voting record: In 2012 alone, May voted three times against the rights of the unborn. May voted to block the “Choose Life” license plates; May voted against HB 462 (informed consent with ultrasound); and he voted against personhood.

In his 20 years as delegate he has never sponsored a single piece of pro-life legislation. Joe May is not 100 percent pro-life. Plain and simple.

One does not have to look very far in this area to find someone affected by Lyme disease. It is rampant in these parts, yet Joe May voted against HB 1933, which requires doctors to inform patients that a false negative result from a Lyme test is possible. Every single Loudoun delegate voted in favor of HB 1933, except Joe May.

Some have labeled David LaRock’s conservative position on pro-life issues as “medieval” or “extreme,” but I believe that he is neither. Conservative, yes. Against higher taxes and wasteful spending, yes. 100 percent pro-life, yes. 100 percent opposed to any additional gun restrictions placed on Virginians, yes.

David LaRock sounds like a breath of fresh air in this world of politics gone amuck. Move aside Joe May, you’ve had your time (20 year’s worth). Let someone with real character show you how it’s done.

Kathy O’Toole

Round Hill

Gene Dearing  — remembered

Gene Dearing Jr. passed quietly from our midst this week. He was a giant of a fellow in stature and contribution to our community.

On my arrival in 1982 to the Winchester community as president of Shenandoah University, Gene, Al Smith, and Frank Armstrong III formed a circle of support for me and the university that was instrumental in the revival and expansion of higher education in our community.

Prior to my arrival, Gene had worked along with Dr. Robert Parker, president of Shenandoah College and Conservatory and John Gans (former president of Rubbermaid) to raise funds for a campaign that helped expand programs important to the business community and annual operations. For more than 30 years, Gene remained a loyal supporter of the university as trustee, trustee emeritus, and honoree.

His scholarship funds, which were given in honor of his father and in honor of my retirement in 2008, have aided dozens of students from the area to be able to attend Shenandoah University. I also served on the board of Westminster-Canterbury with Gene, and he worked hard to re-establish financial credibility for the retirement community after a difficult startup.

Over the past several months, I sat next to Gene and Virginia at the Lone Star Steak House on at least two occasions and we recalled “good” times while making development calls for the university in Winchester, Frederick County and Middleburg. He loved to tell stories of our successes and how well we were received on calls to ask for donations.

His family was definitely at the core of his life, but my life, Shenandoah University, and the broader community are indebted to him for his hard work and generosity on our behalf. We are a better community because of his life and service.

Dr. James A. Davis

President Emeritus

Shenandoah University

Letter carriers aid in feeding needy

On behalf of the entire staff at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, I extend our deepest thanks for your support during the 21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Spearheaded by the National Association of Letter carriers, Stamp Out Hunger delivers our largest annual collection and helps feed families in need at the start of each summer.

More than 36,000 people in Winchester and the surrounding counties rely on the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and our partner agencies for food assistance each month. Today, so many of them are underemployed and piecing together part-time or low-wage work to make ends meet.

Your donations through Stamp Out Hunger, will allow us to provide more than 34,000 meals to local families struggling to put food on the table this summer. In particular, you are helping us feed families with children who no longer have access to free and reduced-price school meals during their summer vacation.

We are immensely grateful for the National Association of Letter Carriers and every participating mail carrier who, under difficult circumstances, picked up food from house-to-house, working tirelessly to bring us each donation. We know that this food drive prolonged your day and added to an already heavy workload. Stamp Out Hunger wouldn’t exist without your dedication to the cause. We thank you for inspiring the community and helping our neighbors in need.

Michael McKee

CEO, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank