Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Officer Brian Lawrence recives standing ovation.
It was a standing ovation for Officer Bryan Lawrence of the Roanoke City Police Department at the State of the City Address held at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel this morning. Lawrence who with his wife Brenda sat at the front table. Officer Lawrence was able to walk unaided with crutches to the table. He returned to work this week. Lawrence was off duty when he pursued a suspect who then assaulted him leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. His struggle and determination to recover and return to work at the police department has been an inspiration since his injury in May of 2008.
Bowers recognized Officer Lawrence as an example of the service of all Roanoke’s public safety personnel – Police as well as Fire/EMS. Bowers acknowledged that at times of extreme difficulty we may want to give up but said to Officer Lawrence, “never give up – Roanoke loves you.”
In his State of the City Address Thursday morning Bowers recognized seven individuals for their outstanding service to the City.
Bowers with Officer Lawrence and wife Brenda
Besides Officer Lawrence Bowers noted the passing of former Council member David Lisk who abdicated the Mayor’s position some 20 years ago to Noel C. Taylor in a gesture to unite and heal the wounds in the African-American community. Urban renewal and the disrespect of historic Gainsboro by the city had created tension and mistrust. The African-American community suffered upheaval and displacement in the guise of eradicating blight in the 70s and 80s. Lisk was also recognized for his expansion of Sister Cities to 7 countries the first of which was Wonju, Korea.
He recognized Councilman Dave Trinkle for his leadership during the budget process and work with the School Board. Bowers emphasized the two capital projects, the amphitheater and Market building that will lead Roanoke not to just simply “survive”, but to “thrive” in the future.
Bowers also recognized City Manager Darlene Burcham whos era will conclude in March 2010 – the Riverside Medical Center Complex being her greatest achievement. He then recognized Dr. Ed Murphy and Dr. Cynda Johnson of Carilion.
Estelle McCadden was recognized as this years Citizen of the Year for her neighborhood leadership. “She doesn’t just light up a room … she fires up a room,” said Bowers. McCadden is known for her community activism and speaking out forcefully for the city’s schools and neighborhoods.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Local Events, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: Law_enforcement, Mayor_Bowers