Examiner Local Editorial: Virginia first to resist domestic detentions under NDAA

Virginia is the birthplace of James Madison, the author of the Bill of Rights. And so it is fitting that the commonwealth recently became the first state to refuse cooperation with federal authorities in the arrest and indefinite detention, without due process, of Americans suspected of terror-related activities. That the nation's oldest legislature had to step up as the backstop to protect residents' basic rights is a testament to the genius of the political system devised by Madison and his fellow Founding Fathers. But it's also a chilling reminder that the federal government is capable of turning on its own citizens.

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LETTER: Vote Marshall for 13th District

Source: InsideNOVA.com Your paper endorsed John Bell because Del. Bob Marshall lost influence in Richmond for not “toeing the line?” I’m glad my husband did not worry about “popularity” when he decided to sue the governor and other elected officials over the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s scheme to raise funds through unelected bodies. Bob knows the American Revolution was fought over “no taxation without representation.” And the Virginia Supreme Court agreed with him 7-0. Bob’s first allegiance is to his constituents.

My husband lost a committee chairmanship because he opposed a change in the House rules, which allowed secret, unrecorded votes in subcommittee. Some wanted to kill bills without accountability. Bob chose to follow his conscience. The Bristol-Courier newspaper praised him for his courage.

When hundreds of constituents asked my husband to help their autistic children, Bob worked for a year alongside families to win approval by the State Mandated Benefits Commission. For $1.60 a month, his bill would have provided early treatment for autism. Families had numerous meetings with legislators, rallies and visits to Richmond. After all their efforts, the subcommittee did not give families the courtesy of an up or down vote, so Bob “discharged” the committee to allow a vote in the full House, another action that did not make him “popular.”

Each election, Democrats blame Bob for traffic. But there are several senior Democrats from our region who have held office longer (one even heads the finance committee) who are unable to wave a magic wand! The problem is the funding formula, which favors downstate areas. After the 2010 census, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads should have enough votes to overcome this disparity.

Bottom line: Bob knows who he works for. Choosing between his party or his constituents’ common good is easy for Bob. The Loudoun Times endorsed him because “he’s a battler for John and Jane Q public.” Vote for Bob Marshall Nov. 3.

CATHY MARSHALL

Manassas

LETTER; In support of Del. Marshall

Source: InsideNOVA.com I write in support of Del. Bob Marshall for the 13th District House seat.

Some of your readers will know me as an attorney in private practice in Woodbridge from 1986 to 1996. I remember the Prince William County/Manassas area well!

I supported Bob Marshall because he is a man of integrity who is a strong libertarian conservative. He stands for principles. He brought the suit to stop unconstitutional taxation by unelected boards after opposing it, and the state Supreme Court agreed unanimously. The tax plan was unconstitutional.

Del. Marshall also was instrumental in keeping Virginia out of the REAL ID system.

When a GOP leader was involved in a sex scandal, Del. Marshall led the drive to remove him office.

You can count on Del. Marshall to say what he means and means what he says. But he also listens to constituent ideas. I proposed a bill to make it easier for parents to collect unpaid child support.  Del. Marshall was strongly supportive and his next child support bill (which I didn’t write) was co-sponsored by a Del. from Virginia Beach named McDonnell!

Maybe some disagree with some of Del. Marshall’s positions, and he occasionally lays an egg, but you can count on Del. Marshall to stand for the voters and residents (and especially the taxpayers) of  the 13th.

ELWOOD E. “SANDY” SANDERS, Jr.

Mechanicsville

Marshall: An Honorable Man

Source: InsideNova I moved here back in 1998 from the state of Maryland and one of the first letters (handwritten) I received was from Del. Marshall letting me know that if there was anything I needed help with, to please let him know. In this letter it contained both his work and house number on it. How many delegates would have done that? Not many.

As far as being ineffective, is it more important to gain a chairman position down in Richmond or to truly represent your constituents. Give me a delegate that will represent me every time and isn’t worried about his or her status within their party.

Del. Marshall has worked well with both parties and is well liked in Richmond per an article in the Richmond times. He has worked to have laws that would represent all people of Virginia alike fairly.

He has been a honorable representative for the 13th district and there is no reason to change the representation there like you have suggested.

DAN GOSSIN

Nokesville

Letter: People are Concerned

Published September 21, 2009 As evidenced by town hall meetings and marches on Washington, D.C., there is a significant concern among the electorate that our elected officials are not listening to us. Speaking from personal experience I can tell you that our House Delegate Bob Marshall does not fit this profile.

Back in 2008, I contacted Delegate Marshall about sponsoring a bill that would require health insurers to offer coverage for a specific therapy critical to the recovery of individuals with autism. Delegate Marshall not only was a Patron and Co-Sponsor of this legislation (HB83/HB1588), he fought passionately for its passage. During the fight to pass HB 1588, Delegate Marshall demonstrated all the qualities that we should expect of our representatives:

1. He stood up to special interests who sought to kill the bill

2. He reached across party lines and worked with Democrats to pass the bill.

3. He risked the wrath of his own party to stand up for what he felt to be fair and just.

Delegate Marshall has my vote and he should have the votes of all voters in his District. In a time of great cynicism about politics he showed me that there is still hope that our representatives will listen to us

John Toepfer, Bristow

Source: Inside Nova

How I See It: Shift Funding to Keep Rest Stops Open

Source: Star Exponent, Culpeper, VABy Del. Bob Marshall | R-District 13

Dear Secretary Homer:

I would like to request that you take up the question of shifting some of the available maintenance funding now allocated to various small projects around the state to reopen the rest areas that were recently closed.

Virginia’s closed rest areas should be reopened for many reasons but the most important is that there is a serious safety risk created by these closures. Rest areas are often the only place a drowsy driver can stop to rest. This particularly affects long-haul truck drivers since they are required by law to stop and rest. I believe that these rest area closures will cause many more accidents on our interstate highways. In the long run the closures will cost us more both in lives and as a result of higher need for emergency services.

AAA wrote to Congressman Frank Wolf on July 16th:

“This issue is already resonating among the motoring public and the trucking industry. In fact, a growing number of motorists have expressed alarm about the decision to close the rest areas and to cordon off their entrances.

In our view, there is no question that the safety of motorists will be negatively impacted by the closing of rest areas in Virginia. The problem goes well beyond the need to use restroom facilities. Long haul drivers need to stop to rest, drink caffeine, change drivers, etc. If they do not have a convenient option they may drive when they are too tired to do so.

Nearly one-third of drivers (28%) say that they have nodded off or fallen asleep while driving a vehicle, according to extensive research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

It is estimated that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year, resulting in an estimated 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact, NHTSA reports that twenty percent of crashes and twelve percent of near-crashes were caused by drowsy drivers.”

These closures are also causing Virginia to be a laughing stock around the country. I have heard from several people living in the Midwest that the call in radio shows are making a big issue of this. This negative notoriety will likely impact our tourism industry and generally is bad for the commonwealth.

I hope that you will seriously consider using a portion of the maintenance funds available to reopen the rest areas.

Marshall represents Manassas in the Virginia General Assembly.

Appreciation for Bob Marshall

I have read the letters from both Barbara Dodge and Gloria Moscatello regarding Delegate Marshall’s role in HB 1588. I am a life long Democrat, but I deeply appreciate his role in introducing the bill as well as the bipartisan support and sponsorship it received, including that of local Delegate Jackson Miller. Regardless of affiliation, Marshall and Miller should be commended for their efforts. Early and complete intervention, dictated by doctors and qualified therapeutic personnel, leads to children who are more able to participate in regular education settings and to eventually lead independent and productive lives as adults.

Ultimately, I believe that it wasn’t partisanship but the undue influence of lobbyists in Richmond that killed both the House and Senate versions of the bill. According to VPAP, Richard Saslaw, the Democratic Majority Leader who gutted the proposed bill, has accepted $12,500 from Anthem in contributions. These kind of large contributions are indicative of the kind of influence possessed by the Richmond health insurance and small business lobbies; they are the two principal culprits in the death of those bills and the continuing hardship families with autistic children face.

Instead of pointing fingers, I think friends and families living with this disability should concentrate their efforts in making autism an issue in this election year. As the mother of an autistic child, I have spoken to both gubernatorial campaigns directly on this issue and find they both are lacking in concrete ideas or platforms on how to address the growing number of children and adults with this diagnosis.

If you wait for health insurance companies to do the right thing, you will wait forever. Mandates are needed to require coverage and treatment of autism.

My governor will have a vision of the future of Virginia that includes my child — his education, his opportunities after school and how he lives as an adult. These are the issues that families face and these are the ones I will be voting on come November.

I encourage other families to contact Creigh Deeds, Bob McDonnell and others running for office in the fall to demand vision and leadership on this issue.

RACHEL KIRKLAND, MANASSAS PARK

Source: Inside NOVA

Kudos to Del. Bob Marshall

Your View Congratulations to Virginia Del. Bob Marshall. The U. S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has upheld Virginia’s long-needed ban on partial birth infanticide, a grisly, barbaric practice in which a living human baby is killed in the process of being born, or left to die after being born.

The Virginia law authored by Delegate Marshall, HB 1541, first passed in 2003 and had been blocked by lower courts since then. Thanks are also due to Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s Attorney General, for his long defense of this law and for his skilled advocacy. We look forward to his equally skilled governorship of Virginia after the next election.

DAVID LUCAS, MANASSAS

Source: Inside NOVA

Bob doesn’t go along to get along

In response to the recent letter from a supporter of Bob Marshall’s opponent, the reason Bob is not currently a committee chairman is because he is not a “go along to get along” politician. Rather, he is a true public servant. When the General Assembly passed a law setting up unelected regional bodies to raise taxes, Bob Marshall sued the governor (Democrat), Attorney General (Republican), the Speaker of the House (Republican) and 114 Assembly members. He won in the Virginia Supreme Court 7-0 in 2008.

Bob did not please his colleagues by showing they voted for illegal taxes, but he did please citizens who know that we fought a revolution over “taxation without representation.”

Bob Marshall risked removal from the Republican caucus this year because he made a rare parliamentary move to bring his Autism Insurance bill to the House floor rather than let it die in a sub-committee because no member would make a motion to pass or kill his bill. (This would add $1.60-$1.90 a month to policies.) His motion to discharge failed, but Bob stood up for these families.

Previously Bob Marshall chaired the claims committee, a three-year stem cell study, and a study committee for conflict of interest, which resulted in a change of such laws. Bob also chaired two subcommittees and was vice chair of one legislative committee.

But when his own party changed the rules to hold secret, unrecorded votes in subcommittee and limit bills members could introduce, Bob was the only Republican who voted “No!”

Bob Marshall is a lawmaker who sees his job through the eyes of citizens, not political party power brokers. He believes that government should serve “we the people.” That’s why I support and encourage you to support the reelection of Bob Marshall this November!

BARBARA DODGE, MANASSAS

Source: Inside NOVA