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
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
Winning a seat in the predominantly Republican 17th District for an independent democrat centrist passionate conservative (pick one) candidate requires “dancing a little side-step” to the right where plays the majority of the 17th constituency.
Gwen Mason, Councilwoman House of Delegate candidate has left the Noel C. Taylor Municipal building headed for the higher ground of the mansion on the Richmond hill already. She trades in “For The City” for the District. She had supported the amphitheater along with Councilman Dave Trinkle ever since they were elected to Roanoke City Council in 2006. Mason severed her ties with Trinkle permanently Monday when she voted against the amphitheater as part of the five year capital improvement plan.
My, how quickly time passes. It seems like yesterday that I was standing at Ruffner Middle School handing out flyers for Democrats Bowers-MacFarlane-White for Roanoke City Council in 2006. Across from me stood a paid poll worker handing out Mason-Trinkle-Dowe literature. They called themselves “Independent Democrats” back then. They were part of the caucus Delegate Onzlee Ware headed up to take over the Roanoke City Democratic Party.
Alfred Dowe, Jr. has been deposed by scandal. Ware’s campaign finances are under review, Mayor Bowers pummeled Nelson Harris in 2008 and Mason has left them all in the stadium dust.
Dr. Dave Trinkle (bless his broken amphitheater heart) has been left holding the pieces of Victory Stadium wishing he could put it all back together again.
“Victory Stadium” has the last laugh. I can still see it though you say it is gone. I can still see the field from the bleachers. Every time the movie “Remember the Titans” runs on TV I watch for the brief glimpse of the “Victory Stadium” banner as the Titans take the field to win the championship.
Those that praised her demise don’t bother me now because I can still see her sturdy and strong – never so clear as I see her today.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Commentary, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: amphitheatre, city_council, Elections, house_of_delegates