From Gallup, Republicans Report Much Better Mental Health Than Independents and Democrats.....All together now DUH! We know what we believe in, Believe in what we know and usually can rely on God to help us through the rough patches....seems like a winning formula for mental health. The article states, "Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats." Article link here http://www.gallup.com/poll/102943/Republicans-Report-Much-Better-Mental-Health-Than-Others.aspx
Thursday, November 29, 2007
What is the first thing the new Chesterfield Board of Supervisors should do? Even though the rhetoric of this past election seemed to be primarily focused on the growth and congestion issues facing our county; the real issue is the current state of the counties finances and what should we do to ensure that we are in good shape heading into the next four years of the Board’s reign. I think the first thing that should take place is not the approval (or disapproval) of the impact fees or zoning cases but the Board should commission an external independent audit of the counties finances and make the findings public so all citizens know where we are currently at. Once the Audit is conducted, findings published and recommendations made, then the Board can create an action plan in regards to growth, schools, and infrastructure needs as they shore up the budget. New residential building is slowing all over the US and even here in Chesterfield and the new Board needs to make sure that we are ready for a drop in revenue so we do not begin to raise taxes as the first solution to fill the coffers to meet the counties needs. The Board should also make a mandate that an external independent audit of Chesterfield’s books be done on a biennial basis going forward. As I stated in earlier posts, this Board is going to have a lot of focus on it so it needs to act swiftly, decisively and make an immediate impact or we will be talking about another new board coming in four years from now.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:22 AM
From back home in Iowa, here is a link to story about former President Bill Clinton and who the real focus of his speech was http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071128/ap_po/on_deadline_bill_clinton_1 . Bill Clinton used the word "I" 94 times (in 10 minutes), he use the name of the Clinton actually running for office far less (7). What is the deal with these two Clinton’s? I never understood it, but people sure love to hear Bill talk about how great his presidency was; nevertheless will he really invigorate voters to vote for his wife. He’s like the uncle at holiday dinner that goes on about how cool his ’57 Chevy was when he was a teenager, sure the way he tells the story sounds like it was cool but the reality of it was that he didn’t own a 57’ Chevy (it was actually an Edsel that overheated all the time) and he spent most of his time trying to clear up his acne and not with the cool kids….
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:05 AM
Monday, November 26, 2007
38 days until the Iowa caucus and things are beginning to get crazy out there. Last week the ABC News-Washington Post poll of Democrat Presidential Candidates show Obama surging ahead of Clinton in Iowa and that the Caucus has turned into a crap shoot and may impact Clinton Nationally as the “inevitable” Democrat nominee, let alone the next President. On the Republican side, Rudy is starting to take Mitt Romney’s campaign more seriously as he is turning his attention away from Hillary and attacking Mitt on what he sees as inconsistencies in the Romney platform. Mitt Romney is running strong in Iowa and New Hampshire (with Mike Huckabee ‘s numbers surging) and with Romney’s spending habits so far in these two important states needs to be taken more serious than any other candidate by Giuliani. Iowans take their job as the first test for candidates seriously and even with other states wanting to crowd their style, will still work hard to show their support for each party’s nominee. This is going to be the craziest election cycle in the history of the US and look for the polls to go nutty as we enter the minus 1 month mark in 8 days. The ABC News-Washington Post poll clearly shows that when the candidates actually spend time in the state to explain their position, Iowans are receptive (as with the surging numbers of Obama and Huckabee) and with adjust accordingly. Being a native Iowan, I would be surprised if we don’t see some strange happenings and expect Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama to come out the victors and carry that momentum into New Hampshire.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:16 AM
There is a piece in the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/26/us/politics/26recruit.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin)
that the GOP is recruiting only “rich guys” to run because they are short on funds and these “richies” can spend their own money and not GOP funds. In a day and age when Senate and House races cost millions upon millions of dollars to run it is not only the GOP that is recruiting successful people to run for office but both Political parties (and 3rd parties as well) are recruiting these types of candidates. Both major parties recruit people of influence, success and of an accomplished nature; naturally money usually accompanies success in life so these people seem to have money to spend on a campaign. Also, in a day when raising money is a tricky business between getting the funds needed to compete in a political race and not giving the appearance of influence by special interest, sometimes the best bet is someone that can use their own money on their campaign and give the appearance of “putting their money where their mouth is” so to speak. Although, I think this is anything but a Republican issue (don’t see many poor Dems running for President for example) we as a Party need to be careful that we don’t fall into the track as being labeled the “rich party” over and over; and that we show that our conservative values are what make us the better party not how many dollars we have in out pocket.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:43 AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Former Virginia Republican Governor Jim Gilmore is now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, adn will battele with Democrat Governor Mark Warner in filling departing U.S. Senator John Warner. Gilmore stated in his announcement ""I'm running for the United State Senate from Virginia because I want to be one of those leaders who call on the spirit that is common in all of us, and use it to restore our country for the benefit of our people and in the eyes of the world."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:59 AM
The Republican Caucus of the House of Delegates elected their leaders this past week. Del. William J. Howell, as speaker of the House; M. Kirkland Cox as House majority whip, Terry G. Kilgore as caucus chairman as well as H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem as House Majority Leader were all re-elected.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:47 AM
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Great article by Robert J. Hutchinson “The Biblical Roots of Thanksgiving” http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=23508 about the biblical significance of the Thanksgiving celebration. Let us not forget that the pilgrims were puritans and believed strongly in the laws of the Old Testament for their daily lives and celebrations. Also Newt Gingrich has penned an article about Thanksgiving, Washington, Lincoln and God http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=23513 that worth a look (sign-up for his free newsletter above as well.) Finally, on Thanksgiving please make sure to say a prayer for our soldiers fighting for freedom and democracy across the world as specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:52 AM
Monday, November 19, 2007
Since those in Congress continually pass legislation that they themselves have not read but have been “briefed” on by their staff, the Read the Bills Act (RTBA) was drafted by the folks at Downsize DC to end this practice. When our elected officials do not read the legislation they are voting on they are in essence misrepresenting their constituents who voted for them to represent them in Washington or as the drafters of the RTBA state “Legislation without representation.” A significant impact this act will have on Congress is the slowing down of “pork” projects and secret clauses will be inserted into bills at the last moment.
RTBA requires that . . .
Each bill, and every amendment, must be read in its entirety before a quorum in both the House and Senate.
Every member of the House and Senate must sign a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that he or she has attentively either personally read, or heard read, the complete bill to be voted on.
Every old law coming up for renewal under the sunset provisions must also be read according to the same rules that apply to new bills.
Every bill to be voted on must be published on the Internet at least 7 days before a vote, and Congress must give public notice of the date when a vote will be held on that bill.
Passage of a bill that does not abide by these provisions will render the measure null and void, and establish grounds for the law to be challenged in court.
Congress cannot waive these requirements.
The RTBA and the Downsize DC org are mounting a vigorous campaign to get Congress to pass this act and are looking for your support, please click on the RTBA banner to learn more. We elect people to Congress to represent us in passing laws, it is common sense that they should actually read the laws they pass. I will be posting status updates on the RTBA and digging deeper into the impacts of voting on Legislation that hasn’t been read as well as how the RTBA will effect Congress in how it does business.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:41 AM
I received an e-mail from Jim at Bearing Drift that the Cantor petition campaign has ceased to exist since Eric has declined to run against former governor Mark Warner in an effort to fill Senator John Warner’s shoes. But on a bright spot Del. Chris Saxman looks to be eyeing the spot, all the details are in the link that is in the e-nail below.
Our “Draft Cantor” movement never quite got off the ground, but I appreciate you all for signing the petition. It looks like Del. Chris Saxman is considering running, so you might want to leave a comment of support on this post:
All the best, and thanks again,
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:52 AM
Friday, November 16, 2007
About 150 people showed up to the public hearing on the illegal immigration quandary that is affecting Chesterfield County to help bring to light practical solutions to solve this issue. This forum highlighted many issues that is inherent in the illegal alien debate (stereotypes, perceived prejudice etc.) and how simple solutions and rhetorical dream ideas may not be the most effective way to solving this increasing problem for Chesterfield and the country as a whole. The first thing we need to do when solving illegal immigration is not equate legal status with a value judgments of character unless it is specifically warranted (previous criminal record, history of unlawfulness etc.) by the illegals conduct. The debate should concentrate on the process that immigrants use to become legal citizens, why illegals are not following this process and if they should be able to burden Chesterfield’s infrastructure if they are not following the correct procedures. The debate should be clear and concise about what resources are being used, what is the actual impact of illegal aliens on our resources and how can we alleviate this toll.
The debate about illegal aliens (or undocumented immigrants if you prefer) should never be about whether they should or shouldn't be here when it is obvious by their status of “illegal” and “undocumented” clearly shows that there should not be in this country illegally. The debate should not be painted with a broad brush as a personal attack on the Latino community either when legal Latino immigrants have contributed, as all immigrants to the US have, in making this country the great place it is. The illegal alien debate should always concentrate on the “illegal” part and how these illegal aliens are unfairly taxing Chesterfield’s and America’s resources and not be concentrated on a specific race or nationality. Only after we get over stereotypes and name calling and concentrate on the actual problem can a true workable solution be found. At the forum to discuss this issue Supervisor Warren suggested a multicultural commission be formed to study the illegal alien issue in Chesterfield which I thought was a great idea to address these issues and come up with a viable solution for Chesterfield County in addressing illegal aliens and the issues that arise from having these undocumented people.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:59 PM
SWAC Girl and Bacon's Rebellion are tracking interesting happenings in the VA Senate. There looks to be a power play happening by the conservative members of the Senate against the more moderate leadership and to Senate Majority Leader Walter Stosch in particular. Info here: http://swacgirl.blogspot.com/2007/11/obenshain-joins-cuccinelli-in.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:53 AM
There is an interesting article about GOP support in Hollywood and how conservative celebrities want to keep it quite for fear of reprisal. Maybe if more celebrities would actually stand up for their beliefs there wouldn't be such a fear for people, ine general, to talk about the conservative movement and how it more aligns with the average american. I have always thought that if the silent majority would just take a leap of faith and act, we would actually see that this is a conservative nation at heart and all the liberal gobbley gook was just a squeaky wheel getting the oil. Article is here:http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071116/NATION/111160098/1001
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:18 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Eric Cantor needs to run against ex-Governor Mark Warner and win the Senate seat being vacated by Senator John Warner. Please sign the petition here http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cantorforsenate (and at Bearing Point read Jim’s reasons why Eric Cantor is the best chance for a conservative to win http://bearingdrift.com/blog/2007/11/14/never-say-never-sign-the-petition-and-draft-cantor-today) and let’s get this snowball a rollin’ and keep the Senate seat on the right side of the isle.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:03 PM
New poll numbers came out
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/13/opinion/polls/main3497993.shtml the Dems are in a virtual tie (we really need to defeat Hillary in Iowa and get it over with) and Mike Huckabee might make it a horse race with Mitt Romney on the Republican side, after all. I love the Iowa Caucus, it is really a lot more fun (I participated in it as a youth living there) than a primary because you really get to have more influence when participating in a caucus. For those of you unfamiliar with the Caucus process, the Iowa caucus operates very differently from the more common primary election used by most other states. The caucus is generally defined as a "gathering of neighbors". Rather than going to polls and casting ballots, Iowans gather at a set location in each of Iowa's 1,784 precincts. Typically, these meetings occur in schools, churches, or libraries. The caucuses are held every two years, but the ones that receive national attention are the Presidential preference caucuses held every four years. In addition to the voting, caucus attendees propose planks for their party's platform, select members of the county committees, and discuss issues important to their local organizations.The Iowa caucus does not result directly in national delegates for each candidate, like the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary. Instead, caucus-goers elect delegates to county conventions, who elect delegates to district and state conventions where the national convention delegates are selected.The Republicans and Democrats each hold their own set of caucuses subject to their own particular rules that change from time to time. Participants in each party's caucuses must be registered with that party. Participants can change their registration at the caucus location. Additionally, 17-year-olds can participate, as long as they will be 18 years of age by the date of the general election. Observers are allowed to attend, as long as they do not become actively involved in the debate and voting process."
As I stated in previous posts, I have never liked the Straw Poll (done in Ames Iowa in August) since there is no debate are issues or a really clear choice in frontrunners but I love the caucus experience since it really engaged the voter to participate in the nomination process. I believe that if a caucus was conducted in every state instead of the primary it would reinvigorate the “disenfranchised” to participate in the election process in American and show how important it actually is to vote.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:53 AM
The Centers for Disease Control has reported a sharp increase in STDs and the reported cases of Chlamydia (more than 1 million) set a record for reported cases in women ages 15 to 25. CDC claims it is better screening for Chlamydia but there has also been a sharp increase in Gonorrhea and congenital syphilis. These new strands of STDs are more nasty and are resistant to the current course of treatment. These new STD strands can also, in the case of congenital syphilis, cause birth defects and even death in newborns. For more on this please go to the CBC website http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats or the article about the rate increase at http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8ST4V5O0&show_article=1 .
So we are teaching sex ed earlier and earlier, not teaching them that abstinence is the only way to truly not get pregnant or an STD, the STDs people are getting are of a “superbug” variety that are resistant to antibiotics. What about these scenarios just doesn’t make sense? If we’re going to teach grade school age kids about sex isn’t that fact that you could now die (or have a child with birth defects) from STDs other than AIDS illustrate that something is definitely wrong with how we American view sex and the responsibility of engaging in risk behavior. Why is the common sense approach that we teach responsibility in actions (like sex) and not just how the “how to’s” practiced here with regularity. If we need to have sex ed in school (and I’m not arguing here that we don’t) we need to also teach common sense responsibility in the act and show are kids that there are consequences to their actions to both themselves and those they love.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:42 AM
In another example of the changing tide here in Chesterfield, the outgoing board (Art Warren remains the only incumbent) is barred from making any further zoning rulings as they serve out their terms. It was seems like a sound rule, the Board of Supervisors has, of the majority of the board is on their way out then they cannot make any zoning decisions. So, the Roseland development and Cloverleaf mall, among other developments that need to go to the Board won’t get discussed until early next year. I have to say that I like this rule, in principle; since it prevents “renegade” outgoing board members from acting in a vindictive manner instead of for the best interest of the County (although I am quite certain that would not happen with the current outgoing members.) The voters signaled a change in direction for the growth of Chesterfield County and we need to have the new board rule on these matters. We can only see in time if the new board members, especially the ones that campaigned so fiercely on “managed growth” take the county in a new direction n or see themselves making the same decisions the previous board has made.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:01 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
A girl who attends Grinnel College in the surprisely fun town of Grinnel, Iowa says that she was a plant for the Hillary Clinton campaign and was instructed what questions to ask. http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/11/13/clinton.planted/index.html Seems like a Clinton thing to do.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:41 PM
Monday, November 12, 2007
The Washington Post (via Below The Beltway http://belowthebeltway.com/2007/11/11/why-ive-come-to-like-the-first-president-bush)
Has an article about the first President Bush jumping out of a plan at 83. Bush was the first President I ever voted for in 88’ and I have liked him ever sense then. No matter what you think about politics, a 83 year old man who just had a hip replacement jumping from a plane is cool.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:08 AM
Friday, November 9, 2007
Two NPR stories on this blog in two days..weird http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16143435. As a followup to a previous post the Maid-Rite waitress stands by her claim that she was stiffed by the Clinton campaign. The media obviously believed Hillary over some "average" American ,who has no reason to lie, since as soon as Hillary stated she left a tip then that was that. In a good for you moment the waitress stands by the story and makes Clinton's new Web site called "Fact Hub" more like "Fact Flub" I believe the waitress at Maid-Rite because they serve such tasty sandwiches and take it from a native of Iowa, Iowans don't lie or joke about money.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:27 PM
Senator Warner is stirring the pot by criticizing the Virginia GOP and blaming their intolerant and rigid stance as the reason for the Democratic pickup in the Senate (http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news/politics.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-11-08-0206.html). There is a difference in standing up for the values that you deem sacred, compromise and rigidness and this is the balance that the conservative needs to constantly remind themselves of. The Virginia GOP has used an approach of inclusiveness for both moderates and conservatives but the conservative values of lower taxes; free enterprise, strong state government and fiscal responsibility will always be at the forefront of our platform. Compromise isn’t a bad thing but making deals by always being the one moving to the left is not good either. Building a bridge to all perspectives in the name of progress can only help but a bridge implies a two way action otherwise its just an escalator going one to place few Virginians want to be; highly taxed, regulation burdened fiscally irresponsible recipients of a more liberal agenda.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:04 AM
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I never thought I’d have a link to NPR on this blog, but here it is http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16099751 Hillary pulled into a Maid-Rite in Iowa and didn’t leave the tip for the waitress BUT used her story as stump fodder that may have subsequently gotten the waitress fired by having a picture taken with the poor girl. Funny enough, Hillary and I now have one thing in common, we have both eaten at that Maid-Rite restaurant (all together in our best Homer Simpson’s voice,” oooooh, tasty loose meat sandwiches!) Being a properly raised ex-Iowan, I tip the servers at Maid-Rite and don’t get them fired by simply talking to them though. The other funny thing is that the waitress might actually vote for Clinton because she got an autograph (I’m serious.) Like the saying goes, “With Presidential Candidates like those, who needs enemies.” I just read an article from NPR (National Public Radio) and have enjoyed a tasty meal at the same place as Hillary Clinton; this is turning out to be a very strange day
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:22 AM
John Coleman, the man who founded the Weather channel stated that Global Warming is the Greatest Scam in History on the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project (ICECAP) website yesterday. Can’t argue with the experts but you can read it for yourself here: http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/comments_about_global_warming/
I think this is the real inconvenient truth.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:02 AM
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Being an Iowa native living abroad in Virginia, I have always taken the Iowa Caucus as the kickoff of the real Election season (not the straw poll also in Iowa.) Even though the politicking’ started very early for the 08’ Presidential elections things are really going to heat up after the first of the year. I have a feeling this is going to be the craziest, dirtiest and an all out war to win the Presidency and the direction of this country. Both of the major parties have a host of potential candidates right now and also a ton of options for a final ticket (Giuliani/Romney, Clinton/Obama, Thompson/ Huckabee, Obama/Edwards) that will bring Americans out in droves next November to vote. Also, many Americans will go to the polls not to vote for their candidate but to vote against the other candidate. With 50% of people stating that they will not, under any circumstance, vote for Hillary you have to think that her detractors as well as her admirers will come to cast their vote if she is the nominee. This begs the question, how do we as voters effect change through the voting process when we are constantly NOT voting for a candidate we believe in but against a candidate that we can not stand. Why do politicians tell us everything bad about the other guy and little about the ideas they institute if elected? Why do people who don’t vote, complain or use the phase “I executing my right to vote by NOT voting like that really makes sense? What’s up with these wishy washy undecided people, get off the fence already?
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:37 PM
Great post on Bearing Drift about election trends, we recoup in '09 when all the proof is in the pudding. http://bearingdrift.com/blog/2007/11/07/every-16-years-or-so/
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:16 PM
One of the best discussions I had yesterday while volunteering at the polls was one with Eli Jones and his father about the Constitution Party, their campaign and the future of government. If you don’t know Eli Jones is a 19 year old “statesman” who was running for The Board of Supervisors in yesterday’s election. Eli is an impressive man who has been involved in the Constitution Party for some years and is well on his way to having a successful career in politics, if he so chooses. For those of you that don’t the Constitution Party is an independent party that advocates a biblical interpretation of the Constitution and has seven steps they advocate:
Seven Principles of the Constitution Party are:
1. Life: For all human beings, from conception to natural death;
2. Liberty: Freedom of conscience and actions for the self-governed individual;
3. Family: One husband and one wife with their children as divinely instituted;
4. Property: Each individual's right to own and steward personal property without government burden;
5. Constitution: and Bill of Rights interpreted according to the actual intent of the Founding Fathers;
6. States' Rights: Everything not specifically delegated by the Constitution to the federal government is reserved for the state and local jurisdictions;
7. American Sovereignty: American government committed to the protection of the borders, trade, and common defense of Americans, and not entangled in foreign alliances.
Although most conservatives would agree with these principles, where I differ from the Constitution Party is in the implementation of the constitution and literal interpretation (getting the meaning for the words used at the time they were used only.) The Constitution has to be a living document for it to work in a free society. If the Constitution does not adapt, it in a sense, becomes the “dictator” in its carrying out and the citizens become beholden and ruled by a given interpretation at a given time by given group of people. This paradigm shift of the Constitution is where there problem lays with defining things in rigid terms. The Constitution as it stands now was not created in a day but over many years and twenty-seven subsequent amendments to the original document. If we use a literal interpretation of the Constitution, do we strike down those amendments since the “amended” that document? Or do you only pick and choose the Amendments we like and strike down the ones we do not? Amendments that include the Bill of right(1-10), abolition of Slavery(13), Women’s right to vote(19), Prohibition and the end of prohibition (18 and 21st) or income tax (16). By reading the Constitution Party’s platform, it seems they want to repeal only those amendments that they disagree with and that is a slippery slope to start down. The Constitution has its own provisions on how this great document should and can be changed, by the people, at any given time and if we believe in the constitution we should let the document work as intended and not to a personal view. The great thing about the Constitution and the US is the Freedom it gives to all Americans, whether we agree or disagree, in the pursuit of happiness without dictatorial rule. This is the Constitutional we all should fight for, a document created by some but protesting all who hold democracy dear to there hearts…even those darn liberals!
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:59 AM
Congrats to all the below winners last night, it was one of the most contested races in recent Chesterfield County history. Although, I think that some of the other candidates who won but were not endorsed here used very questionable tactics the voters have spoken.
Chesterfield Board Of Supervisors
Bermuda District Dorothy A. Jaeckle
Clover Hill District A. S. "Art" Warren
Chesterfield School Board Bermuda
District Marshall W. Trammell
Clover Hill District Dianne E. Pettitt
Dale District David Wyman
Matoaca District Omarh Rajah
Midlothian District Patty Carpenter
Senate of Virginia 10th District John C. Watkins
11th District Stephen H. Martin
Virginia House of Delegates
27th District Samuel A. "Sam" Nixon, Jr
65th District R. Lee Ware, Jr.
Clerk of Court
W. W. "Billy" Davenport
Commissioner of the Revenue
Richard A. Cordle
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:33 AM
Monday, November 5, 2007
Tomorrow, November 6th, is Election Day (in case you’ve been living in a cave recently and didn’t know) so don’t forget to vote. Need to know here you vote or want election results go to:http://www.sbe.state.va.us/cms/Voter_Information/Index.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:49 AM
Friday, November 2, 2007
Dianne Pettit is a bundle of energy that is all focused on the schools and the school children in Chesterfield County. After first being appointed to the School board in 1993, Dianne was elected Chairwomen in 1995 and hasn’t looked back sense. As we search to find solution to the problems facing our schools by the influx of new residents and continued growth, we should look to a leader that has the experience to help our schools grow to fit the current and future needs of our kids. We need to use all our resources to solve the problems of this county and as it relates to education we need to involve parents, business leaders, the Board of Supervisors as well as the School board to solve them. Several of Dianne’s initiatives strive to do that: the commissioned Innovation Teams, the parent link on the school board website and working to increase business involvement. These efforts and all of the hard work that Dianne has done over her years of serve will help Chesterfield meet the challenges of an ever expending populous. Just taking with Dianne for five minutes or hearing her in a forum talk for twenty you cannot help but feel her passion for education and the importance of educating our youth. To deny a person with the leadership and passion of Dianne passion and not vote for her seems to be putting Chesterfield County and the Clover Hill district at disadvantage it can ill afford at this time.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:36 AM
Dorothy Jaeckle is the Republican nominee for the Bermuda District chair on the Board of Supervisors after an impressive and somewhat shocking victory in the Republican Primary. Dorothy fought hard in that Primary to send a message that she is to be taken seriously and vision, thus far, has resonated loud and clear with the voters of Bermuda. Dorothy has her community service to thank for much of her support and proves that deeds can be the catalyst for the opportunities that even the doers cannot always foresee. Dorothy has served 12 years on the Future committee, was the School Board liaison, Vice President of the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs, and was appointed by Governor Gilmore to the Advisory Council on the Virginia Business-Education Partnership just to name a few items on the impressive list of community involvements for Mrs. Jaeckle. In the most recent debate for Bermuda District candidates, held by the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Dorothy proposed redoing the comprehensive plan to identify what infrastructure needs are needed prior to building rather than afterwards., using the CDA funding to build those roads and infrastructure prior to building and to cut taxes as rise while controlling spending. The control spending mechanism seems like a “no-brainer” but as we are seeing at the Federal level doesn’t always go hand in hand with tax cuts. Dorothy Jaeckle shows that with hard unselfish work for the community that those you have served will request you step up to even more responsibility and perform as you have in the past. With Dorothy Jaeckle, there is little doubt that she can perform on the Board of Supervisors exceptionally and bring a civic responsibility to her constituents that should always be in place at the local government level. A vote for Dorothy Jaeckle is a improve the community she has been so involved in and obviously cares deeply for.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:36 AM
Telegraph continues it list of the 100 most influencial conservative with its final installment 1 through 20 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=ECGL13TYX4INTQFIQMGCFFOAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/exclusions/uselection/nosplit/uscons1-20.xml Interesting List, can't say I agree on Number One Giuliani...Nothing against Rudy but the list is conservatives not Republicans and I don't think Rudy Guiliani ia a consistant conservative voice in America, especially enough to be number one)...can we demand a recount, oh wait that more of a liberal tactic to change what you don't like.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:28 AM
Thursday, November 1, 2007
The Telegraph continues it list of the 100 most influencial conservative 21 through 40 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=MP2OZ0ZSMKJXPQFIQMFCFF4AVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/exclusions/uselection/nosplit/uscons21-40.xml Interesting List.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:39 PM