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Daniel Has My Vote

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Daniel Has My Vote

Mary Daniel may have entered the contest for election to the 33rd House of Delegates seat late, but she is clearly the most qualified to represent this area in the same fiscally conservative mold as Joe May who lost to a conservative ideologue in June after serving this district so well for ?20 years.

Mary will work to preserve the quality of life we have come to enjoy in this part of Virginia — she has rural roots (born on the family farm in Frederick County). Her qualifications as a criminal prosecutor representing victims of abuse is well known. She will work across the aisle with Republicans and Democrats to maintain a strong business climate. She will, as well, work hard to ensure quality education that is fully funded, cut wasteful spending and hold the line on taxes.

Mary Daniel has my vote on November 5.

Jean Brown

Other People’s Money

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 5 comments

I’m going to vote for the fiscal conservative on the ballot this fall, Dave LaRock. I think it’s an easy choice.
We live in a day when the government seems to be addicted to other people’s money. They spend like drunken sailors and then come back for more. They push us to the breaking point.

So now the Democrats want to hire/elect a collections lawyer to make sure they get every last nickel out of taxpayers who are already working hard to make ends meet?
Mary Daniel will bring her unique skill set as a collections attorney to Richmond and help refine their ability to get more of our money, if we elect her. That’s what her party stands for, and while she’s not really talking about what she will or won’t do as delegate, we have every reason to believe she’ll keep in line with what her party?demands. After all, she wasn’t even picked by voters in ?a primary.

Dave LaRock has promised to do his best to get our tax money back to this area instead of sending it who knows where. I think we ought to give Dave an opportunity to do that.

Carolyn Leeds

Mary Daniel Has What It Takes

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Pope Francis recently remarked in an interview, “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions,” and while I am not Catholic personally, I do weigh his perspective with respect.

Certainly there is a genius to many women’s abilities to consider the broad context of problem solving — especially women who have proven success in their combined family, professional and public services. Mary Daniel is such a woman. The Virginia legislature is a critical place where we, as a body politic, make important decisions that affect the lives of every Commonwealth citizen. … Continue Reading

LaRock Will Work for the People

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

My sincere thanks go out to Dave LaRock for being willing to go to work for the people of the 33rd district.  I know enough about him to spot something unique. There is no doubt in my mind he is in it to work for the people, not the lobbyists and special interests, and that is refreshing.

Dave is a solid constitutional conservative which to me means he will protect our rights from the federal overreach that ignores the US Constitution. Dave has a business background that gives him the know-how to reign in the spending and tax increases that are crushing working people.

I don’t know much about the Democrat lawyer who popped up after the Primary.  I’ve looked at her website and she tells us almost nothing about her ideas and intentions.  She must have something to hide or realizes campaigning as a true Democrat will hurt her chances in this conservative district. The people spoke in the primary, and they want someone who is honest about their position and who will stand up for their constitutional rights.

John Grigsby

Qualified Candidate

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

If I needed plumbing work done in my house, I would not call my insurance agent to do this (unless he/she were also a licensed plumber). I would not ask my eye Dr. to install a light fixture. I would not ask the contractor who built my home to file my income taxes. I think you get my drift. People are hired to do a job that they are qualified to do. Candidates should be elected for the same reason.

I believe Mary Costello Daniel, is the only qualified candidate in the 33rd District House of Delegates race. Mary Daniel is a practicing attorney who founded a successful multi-practice Law Firm she has managed for over 15 years. This is business, financial, human resources and legal experience taught by education and experience. As a member of and working with Berryville Town council members for the past six years no one paid more taxes. This is government experience and proof of being fiscally responsible with tax payer money. As an active member of several Rotary groups, she is also involved with many other civic and legal organizations. … Continue Reading

Supervisor Clarke, Step Up To the Plate

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Supervisor Clarke, Step Up To the Plate

Dear Supervisor Clarke:

Another month has passed us by while traffic related issues on Purcellville Road remain unabated and continue to mount. The officials to whom we entrust the public safety of our roads and traffic enforcement remain neglectful. We turn to you, Supervisor Clarke because you control the budgets of these agencies. As voters, we recognize that you hold ultimate responsibility for traffic safety and enforcement in our community.

Dr Adamo, Director of Planning and Legislative Services for Loudoun County Public Schools assured us in a public meeting, “School bus traffic will not be an issue because only those picking up and dropping off will be using Purcellville Road.” This is clearly not the case. In the morning, caravans of school buses unnecessarily travel Purcellville Road from Route 9 and from Hirst Road to the school complex. This past week we counted approximately 90 school bus trips per day between Hirst Road and Alder School Road. In addition to our woes, these school buses carrying our young students have often been seen exceeding the posted speed limit for which residents have requested additional traffic enforcement. … Continue Reading

Next Delegate To Send To Richmond

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

As a 33rd District resident with children ready to enter college and the work force, I am hoping this fall we will elect a delegate who will make life easier for businesses in the Commonwealth, not harder.  How can that happen?  The next delegate we send to Richmond can make Virginia a better place to work by cutting taxes, not increasing them.  Our new delegate needs to get rid of needless bureaucracy and cut smothering regulations.  When heavy-handed bureaucracy and strangulating regulations are removed, business will thrive.  Virginians are entrepreneurs.  Our businesses will flourish on their own once state government gets out of the way and this District’s economy can grow.   Fortunately, we have a candidate who we know will fight for lower taxes, smarter spending and less regulation.  That candidate is Dave LaRock. I’m voting for Mr. LaRock this fall not just because he champions my values, but also on behalf of my children and their future.

Laura Battle

Williams Misleading LTE

October 2, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Williams Misleading LTE

I am responding to David Williams misleading letter that appeared in several local papers criticizing Dave LaRock for discussing the threat of radical Islam with him. Dave LaRock was not at the Hamilton back-to-school night this year, so that story from Mr. Williams is either made up or from years ago when people were more focused on terrorism. Dave’s campaign has been focused on the economy, jobs and improving transportation and education.

Kristen Kalina

Who Will Help?

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

I am a resident on Paxson Road, Rt. 725, and am appalled at the weight of traffic that is using this road because of the Airmont Road closure and excess construction vehicles. Nobody is using the legal detour or going to Snickersville Turnpike to get to Purcellville and beyond.

I walk my dogs twice a day on Rt. 725 and have been doing so for eight years. It has always been a pleasure and a serene time for me and the dogs. I am now forced to pull over at least 6 times a walk in order to convenience cars exceeding the 25 mph speed limit. Why is this road not posted as “Access only?”

For conservancy issues, I have noticed during this time (one month), one deer killed, eight young snapping turtles flattened on their way to ponds beyond and, a protected species, an Eastern Box Turtle smashed by the excess of traffic. This is not a joke when volume is killing protected species. … Continue Reading

Daniel vs. LaRock

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Like many of the letter-writers who support Dave LaRock for delegate, I too found him a friendly, unthreatening guy when I met him. We were both passing out leaflets for candidates on a back-to-school night in Hamilton. Between waves of incoming parents we had a chance to chat. He spent most of that time trying, earnestly and sincerely, to convince me that America is in real danger from being taken over by Sharia, the religious laws of Islam. I expressed my doubts and he promised to send me the web pages with the evidence. I gave him my email address but I never did receive any evidence.

Is this really what we want our delegate in Richmond to be spending time and effort on? Mary Daniel, a practical moderate with enormous experience who wants to work to improve the lives of Virginians, not ride off on some ideological hobby horse, is whom I am supporting.

David Williams

Where’s the Beef

September 24, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Where’s the Beef

When I hear Mary Daniel rehash over and over again how she’s a moderate just like our last moderate Delegate, I’m reminded of Walter Mondale and that old Wendy’s ad – “Where’s the beef?”

The beef isn’t in her approach to taxes, Daniel isn’t saying whether she’ll raise them, lower them, or try to keep them the same. She says the last tax hike wasn’t perfect, but she doesn’t want to change any of the bad parts, either.

There isn’t any beef on her website. There isn’t any in her interviews. I have yet to hear her even mention jobs or the economy, much less come offer a single suggestion as to how we’re going to improve our business environment here in the state. There’s not only no beef, there’s no bun. There isn’t even any lettuce. … Continue Reading

Supports LaRock

September 8, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 4 comments

Both candidates who willingly threw their names into the hat for the 33rd district race deserve accolades for their bravery! I have a lot of respect for the hard work and dedication it must take, and we should commend them for their service.

With that being said, I still have to choose a candidate to vote for in November. I believe Dave LaRock rather than Mary Daniel is the best choice to serve our commonwealth. I have never met Daniel and have only met LaRock a handful of times at events he has participated in around Berryville. Dave isn’t a career politician, nor does he have a desire to be. He wasn’t hand-picked by his party and given instructions about what type of campaign he should run. I have yet to see any real ideas come from Daniel’s campaign, but knowing she is a Democrat tells me where she stands on the issues. Dave has laid out the best plan for lowering taxes, spending wisely, and keeping Virginia a business friendly state. He deserves a shot at taking his ideas to Richmond to work with other politicians to help Virginia families prosper in the future!

Rives Bacon

Why Not Support Educational Freedom

September 4, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Last week, Democrat nominee for the 33rd House race, Mary Daniel answered a question that I didn’t know anyone was asking. On the concept of parent-directed education, Daniel gave a resounding “no.” Her comments on taxes, public schools, and educational freedom show a rigid adherence to the status quo, and a surprising unwillingness to consider funding options that have been shown to have no negative impact on public schools when implemented in the real world.

By fighting against the ability of parents to pay for the educational choice that they think is right for their kids, Daniel is showing she’s really opposed to the concept of educational freedom altogether. If she’s already unreceptive to the idea of financial options for families with kids in school now, I don’t expect her to be more receptive if and when she’s elected.

As a soon to be parent I want what’s best for my child, and I want to be able to cast my vote for someone who also cares about giving our kids the best education. We can be trusted to do what’s best for our kids, but for the life of me, I don’t understand why Democrats insist that the only educational freedom we should have is the freedom to choose public schools.

Jesse Andrews








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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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