The writer is the Republican candidate for the 100th District House of Delegates seat.
To the editor:
As most Eastern Shore families will tell you, our economy has been dealing with a serious economic downturn for quite some time now.
While my opponent laments the budget woes of Virginia, he reveals himself to be yet another out-of-touch politician who failed to adequately forecast realistic revenue projections.
Unfortunately he doesn’t see the current dire circumstances faced by a great many Eastern Shore families as an opportunity to champion the kind of limited government policies that create jobs and prosperity, nor does he dissociate himself from those in Richmond and Washington who continue to legislate our jobs and businesses out of existence.
Accomack County Supervisor Wanda Thornton stated when she introduced me at a recent rally, “government has lost touch with the people it represents.” This concisely sums up exactly what is at stake in November, both here in the Eastern Shore and across Virginia.
It is no secret that Northampton County is largely perceived to be unfriendly to business. County Attorney Bruce Jones was keenly aware of this problem when he commented, “One thing I never hear (discussed) is the concept of freedom,” as reported in Wednesday’s News.
How ironic that Northampton Board Chairman Jeff Walker stated to the News reporter that he would, “prefer not to see Jones’ comments in the news,” as if addressing our problems is something that the representatives of the people ought not to do.
Our state legislature consistently passes more laws that infringe upon our individual rights, then they scratch their heads and wonder why individuals aren’t taking the financial risks to create the jobs that are the engine of our economy.
Our state legislators who refuse to reject job-killing measures such as Cap and Trade, Card Check and government-mandated health care have no one but themselves to blame that they have priced the small businessman and woman out of existence. There go the jobs; there goes the future of the Eastern Shore.
It is important that everyone on the Eastern Shore have the opportunity to learn first-hand where my opponent and I stand on the critical issues of the economy and government’s role to promote and defend our individual liberties which create jobs and prosperity.
That is why I have challenged my opponent to weekly debates between now and the Nov. 3 election. We both have time-consuming obligations but I think with so much at stake the people deserve to hear where their elected officials stand.
I can be reached at 757-678-7200 or www.melody scalley.com
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