Letters to the Editor: Week of March 28, 2013

It’s time for a change in congress

For folks in Hanover, Louisa, Goochland, Spotslyvania, and more broadly the 7th Congressional District of Virginia, a look in the mirror is in order before complaining about politics in Washington D.C.

The failure of Congress to work together to agree to any approach to reducing the deficit is the direct result of a leadership of both parties that is unwilling to compromise. Neither side, despite their leaders being in their respective offices for over a decade, are willing to do the unpopular task of putting together a comprehensive plan to identify cuts or specifics on tax reforms that would serve as the basis of a compromise.

The Republicans can’t put together a plan without the President’s instruction on where to cut and the Democrats can’t put together a plan without an upfront agreement on further revenue increases.

And so we get nothing except paralysis, a sequestration that has to result in furloughs of federal workers to meet immediate cuts, and a lot of excuses while nothing gets done.

But the problem isn’t in Washington, it’s actually throughout the country.  We re-elect 95 percent of the folks who couldn’t get the job done in the last Congress and expect a different result.  When it comes down to it, there are about six elected officials who hold the controls in Congress and should be held accountable for the lack of progress.  Eric Cantor is one of them.

Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, by any objective measure the last two Congresses have failed to handle the major problems facing the country.  It is time to consider changing the leadership.

In the Senate that means the Democratic Senators from Nevada (Reid-D) and Kentucky (McConnell-R) and in the House it means Speaker Boehner (Ohio-R) and Representative Pelosi (California-D).  I throw in Representative Cantor as the House Majority Leader.

I am not advocating necessarily replacing Representative Cantor with a Democratic opponent.  Personally, I think it would send a much more powerful message to all politicians if the 7th District were to replace Mr. Cantor with an Independent.  The reality is we don’t get a vote on the Senators from Nevada or Kentucky, nor do we get a vote on the Representatives from Ohio or California.  But we do get a vote (or at least most of the readership of H-P does) on the representative from the 7th Congressional District.  So my suggestion is that unless there is a long-term deficit reduction plan in place at the time of the next election (necessarily a result of compromise), then its time to change horses and find a representative who will work for the best interests of the District rather than the politics of his own party.  Twenty Independents in the House of Representatives could break the strangle hold on party politics in Washington and send a shock wave across the country to politicians in all States that actually getting the job done matters to the electorate.

I hope that Hanover residents and others in the 7th District will seize the opportunity to lead by example and make a statement for change. Senator Reid will not be up for re- election in 2014 and I am far less optimistic that the voters in Nevada, Kentucky, Ohio and California are ready to lead.

Steve Johnson



Growth vs. development

Why does your staff continue to confuse the terms “development” and “growth?”

One is a change in land use and the other is the bettering of society through increased freedom, liberty and self-determination.

Isn’t Dan Sherrier’s use of percent increases an unnecessary negative distortion of crime states, when the numbers are so small? Going from two to five is a statistical anomaly but going from 40 to 100 is a serious problem.

Randy Waters



Thank you, Del. Cox

On behalf of the Hanover Republican Women’s Club, I would like to thank John Cox for his fine service as a delegate for the people of Hanover County.  We are certain he will continue to contribute positively to our county and state.

Liza Bradford


Hanover Republican Women’s Club


Supervisors miss the point

Whatever the merits or deficiencies of residential proffers as a means of funding the costs associated with development in Hanover County may be, two points in this discussion are beyond question.

First, that the Board of Supervisors’ original decision to eliminate the $19,503-per-lot proffer entirely—without bothering to either enact a corresponding reduction in spending or find an alternative source of revenue—was ill-considered and fiscally irresponsible.

Second, that in voting against the Board’s subsequent decision to partially correct their mistake with the restoration of a modest proffer beginning at $2,306 per lot, supervisors Ed Via of Ashland, Canova Peterson of Mechanicsville, and Wayne Hazzard of South Anna still fail to grasp the first.

Joseph Pierro


Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm