Letters to the editor

Posted: October 18, 2013

Santa Larry?

In recent weeks, Larry Yates has written two letters stating he wants to help business. Ho, ho, ho. Larry wants to help business? Is that a hoot or what?

Please, Star editors, please have a Letters of Larry Week. Do the electorate a favor and publish all of Larry’s previous letters to the editor. Or do we have to elect him to find out what’s in him?

Larry has learned well from Barry. Say what you have say to get elected and then return to your extreme leftist proclivities.

Larry’s supporters are always telling us how much he cares for people. Yeah, he cares for people OK. But get this: Apparently, a $20 trillion deficit at the end of the current administration is not enough for Larry and people of his ilk. Apparently, an estimated deficit of $90 trillion to $100 trillion — that’s trillion — in government liabilities in the next 25 years is not enough for Larry and his liberal friends. Does Larry really care for our children and grandchildren who will be consigned to a pitiful standard of living due to the profligate spending and disregard for the corruption in all government programs? I don’t think so.

Larry is going around like Santa Claus on Christmas morning, which brings to mind a speech given by P.J. O’Rourke in the 1990s when the Clintons were trying to socialize medicine. An excerpt:

“God is a Republican and Santa Claus is a Democrat. Think about it; it’s really very simple. God is an elderly or at any rate middle-aged male — a stern fellow, patriarchal rather than paternal, a great believer in duties and rules.

“He has little apparent concern for the material well-being of the disadvantaged. He is politically connected, socially powerful, and He holds the mortgage on literally everything in the world. God is difficult, God is unsentimental. And it is very difficult to get into God’s Heavenly Country Club.

“Santa Claus is another matter entirely. He’s cute, he’s non-threatening, he’s always upbeat and positive. He loves animals. He may know who’s naughty and nice, but never does anything about it. He gives everyone everything that they want without thought of quid pro quo. He works hard for charities and is famously generous to the poor.

“Santa Claus gives us a better deal than God in every way except one. There is no such thing as Santa Claus.”

Dr. John Giangola


A ray of hope

The real Mary Costello Daniel is stepping up! It’s about time that in the mail the public is receiving some “feel-good information” pertaining to a candidate running for public office. She is a ray of sunshine in the bleak, dark and dismal political scene that today is before the citizens of this country — local, state and national.

I believe she offers hope for not only the 33rd District she will represent in the General Assembly but also the entire state will benefit from her election.

I believe there is always a positive solution to any problem or challenge an individual or community has to face. Let each of us start this very moment to search for these positive answers.

As an individual who has the privilege of living in a country where you have the right and the responsibility to vote your convictions, I would like to propose two bites of “food for thought.” As each one is deciding “How shall I cast my vote?” consider very carefully another thought: “Who controls my vote?”

Patsy Gochenour

Frederick County

Send businessman  to Richmond

I’m encouraging all my friends and everyone who reads this to vote for Dave LaRock this fall.

Dave is exactly the kind of reasonable, compassionate leader we need to send to Richmond. He will work with folks on both sides of issues to keep taxes low and reduce unnecessary spending. He has a passion for responsible government and a depth of understanding of issues that will make him a very effective delegate.

He has a long and successful business background, and has created value in the district already. And with seven children and four grandchildren, all living locally, he has an interest in seeing our state continue to prosper. And, most importantly, he’s committed to lowering, not raising, our taxes.

Anyone wanting to protect individual enterprise and stop the rampant concentration of power in the government can expect to be vilified by those on the left. So I don't believe a word of the fiction they write about Dave in the glossy mailers they send me.

Virginia is a great place for business, let’s keep it that way by sending a great businessman to help lead Virginia.

Scott A. Woodruff


Chelsea’s ‘thanks’

On behalf of the Winchester Chapter of the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation, I would like to thank all who attended the second annual Chelsea’s Epilepsy 5K Walk/Run for SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) Awareness, held at Blandy Farm on Sept. 22.

The main focus of this event was to raise funds to provide grants for seizure-response dogs. These trained service dogs may be able to detect an oncoming seizure and provide warnings and/or respond after the onset of a seizure. In addition, the foundation provides Emfit movement monitors and grants for Smart Watch monitors for those in need.

I would like to thank the following local businesses for all their support: Target, Kohl’s, Valley Health, Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac, Virginia National Bank, Wells Fargo, LongHorn SteakHouse, Olive Garden, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Golden Corral, The George Washington Hotel, Walmart, Union First Market Bank, McDonald’s, Best Buy, Walgreens, Meadows Farm Nurseries, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Merchants Tire, MedExpress, WHAG, TV3, Saccoentertain, SL Hunter Photography, and many other supporters..

In addition, we would like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time and talents to bring the event together. It always amazes me — the giving spirit of this community.

We look forward to seeing you next year for our third annual 5K.

If you would like to learn more about the Winchester chapter of the foundation, or to volunteer for upcoming events, please email Steven at spshafran@gmail.com.

Steve Shafran


Winchester Chapter

Chelsea Hutchison Foundation