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Posted on 12/17/2002 11:19:19 PM PST by kattracksEdited on 07/12/2004 3:59:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Republican lawmakers in Virginia say they will back legislation at the upcoming General Assembly session that would require noncitizens who apply for driver's licenses to prove they are in the country legally.
The reaction followed a statement from Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, who said this week he would seek such legislation because seven of the 19 September 11 hijackers had illegally obtained driver's licenses issued in Virginia.
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Virginia can lead the way in peeling back years of unnecessary BigGuv'mentLargesse so let's not allow the State Senate to hold up what we know must be done. The VA Senate RINOs need to know that we are watching their efforts to stall legislation, and we'll remember their recalcitrance in November of this year!!
Old Dominion FReegards...MUD
Jan 03, 2003
U.S. senators have cameos in Civil War filmBOB LEWIS
Associated Press Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Sen. George Allen is one of the U.S. senators with a few seconds of face time as Confederate officers in a Civil War movie that opens next month.
Virginia's Republican junior senator has a nonspeaking role of an unnamed Rebel on the staff of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in "Gods and Generals," a feature film based on the best-selling historical novel of the same title by Jeff Shaara.
The book is set amid the battles of Fredericksburg and the Wilderness campaign and focuses on Confederate Gens. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and Union commanders Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Winfield Scott Hancock.
The film stars Robert Duvall as Lee and Jeff Daniels as Chamberlain, the role he played in the 1993 film "Gettysburg" based on the book "The Killer Angels" by Shaara's father, Michael Shaara.
Allen is difficult to recognize costumed in the gray uniform and wearing a fake mustache, said the senator's spokeswoman, Carrie Cantrell. In the movie, he's sitting amid a group of Confederates, she said.
"Actually, he's cast doing something he does well: spitting tobacco," said Julie Rautio, a freelance publicist coordinating a fund-raising event tied to the Feb. 18 premiere of the film in Richmond. Allen occasionally uses smokeless tobacco.
Proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit Civil War historical site preservation and the African-American History Museum, said Rautio, who served on Allen's press staff when he was governor.
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., and former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, are also cast as Rebel brass, also largely unrecognizable in period costume and makeup, Cantrell said.
Allen is not the only member of his family in the movie. His son, Forrest, was also an extra for the film.
Allen had no choice over his role, Cantrell said. "They just handed him the uniform and told him to put it on," she said.
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JAN. 2, 2003
Increase in license fees unlikely
By BILL COCHRAN
The task of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries during the 2003 General Assembly will be to hold onto the funding that it has. It doesnt appear that it will receive any significant new revenue.
In October, the agency began promoting an increase in hunting and freshwater fishing license fees. It proposed a $12.50 to $15.50 boost in the price of basic licenses, which would be the first such increase since 1988. That would raise an estimated $4.5 million in revenue needed to replace some of the agencys funds that have been diverted to the General Fund during the economic crunch.
The plan, which would require approval by the General Assembly, received the blessing of Gov. Mark Warner. What it doesnt have is the support of Vic Thomas, D-Roanoke, perhaps the one man who could pull if off.
Through the years, Thomas has provided more financial support for the DGIF than any other person in the history of the state. He is the obvious choice to carry the banner for a license increase.
But Thomas told me that he has no plans to sponsor a bill to increase licenses, nor would he support such efforts by another legislator. That appears to make the license boost a dead issue even before the General Assembly convenes.
Lacking leadership, the idea simply hasnt capture the fancy of anglers across the state, nor did the DGIF attempt to make it happen after a few of its feelers led nowhere. To be successful, a license bill would require the endorsement of major angling and fishing groups. Such organizations have supported the DGIF in the past, but they were quiet this time.
The prevailing concern is that any new money brought into the DGIF coffers would see an equal amount diverted to the General Fund to pay for programs not related to the outdoors. The 2002 General Assembly reduced the DGIF budget by $2 million and Gov. Warner has announced plans to reduce it by another $4.1 million over the next two fiscal years. Outdoors enthusiasts are hurt over this and are asking, "Why bother promoting new funds if they come in one door and go out the other?"
The lack of support for a license increase is more a matter of timing and economic conditions than need, said Thomas. It is an issue for the future.
Unfortunately for outdoors enthusiasts, Thomas isnt likely to be in place as a legislator in the future. He has told friends that this probably will be his last session because he probably will not run for re-election. He wants to retire and move to rural Craig County, where he has a cabin next to a trout stream and where long ago he served as a deputy game warden for the county.
In the meanwhile, DGIF will be operating as a downsized organization with a $41 million budget. That wont allow for many frills; in fact, there will be cutbacks to programs that will have a real impact on how we enjoy the outdoors.
Virginia already is reported to spend less on environmental protection than any other state. That hole will only get deeper each time the axe is applied to natural resource programs.
Virginia needs to find bold new ways to finance natural resource programs. For more than 50 years, license buying hunters and anglers have borne the financial burden. All citizens benefit from DGIF programs; therefore, all citizens should help fund them.
Jan 04, 2003
Kilgore: No law blocks statueBY TYLER WHITLEY
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore said yesterday that Confederate sympathizers who want to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln from being erected in Richmond are rebels without a cause.
"I am unaware of any state law that would allow Virginia to prevent the placement of the statue of President Abraham Lincoln at a federal park," Kilgore said.
At the same time, Kilgore said he hoped the discussion about the statue would enable both sides to develop a "new respect and mutual forbearance . . . between those who claim the heritage of Lincoln and those who claim the heritage of Lee."
The U.S. Historical Society has proposed placing a life-size bronze statue of Lincoln at the National Park Service's Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center, which is on the grounds of the former Tredegar Iron Works. Tredegar supplied guns and munitions for the Confederacy.
Confederate heritage groups, outraged at what they considered a slap at Southern heritage, found a state law that they felt could block the effort.
Del. Richard H. Black, R-Loudoun, agreed to seek an attorney general's opinion on the law, putting Kilgore, a potential Republican candidate for governor, on the spot.
The law, dealing with war memorials, prohibits placing Union markings or monuments on Confederate memorials, or vice versa.
Since Tredegar is a monument to the Confederate armorer, the heritage groups said that would prohibit the Lincoln statue from being placed there.
Kilgore said he had not received a formal request from Black for an opinion but noted that Ethyl Corp. owns the property in question. The federal park service leases the property from Ethyl.
This would remove the statue from consideration as a state issue, he said.
Noting that icons and figures from the Civil War mean different things to different people, Kilgore added: "I am of the belief that you cannot have a significant discussion of the history of the war without presenting all sides. Unfortunately, passions have clouded a reasoned and tolerant discussion of this era and the war."
He said he hoped that as the discussion about the statue continues, "all Virginians would seek to learn the truth about the causes, events, personalities and effects of the war."
David Ruth, assistant superintendent of the park service, noted that Tredegar supplied armor to the federal government before and after the Civil War.
Contact Tyler Whitley at (804) 649-6780 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There were online polls running at the RTD and the Virginian-Pilot, both running against the Lincoln statue 3:1.
Jan 05, 2003
He played major role in funding Museum of the Confederacy
BY STEVE CLARK
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Plans to erect a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Richmond have made longtime Richmonder Robert H. "Bob" Kline the target of e-mail potshots fired by scads of unreconstructed Southerners, including some members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization.
Sir: The placing of a statue of Lincoln in the capital of the Confederacy is akin to erecting a statue of Tojo at the USS Arizona Memorial. Your plans for Richmond are ill-conceived, insensitive and insulting.
That was one of the milder missives.
Bob Kline, an Illinois native who has lived in Richmond for nearly 50 years, is under attack because he is chairman of the United States Historical Society, a Richmond-based, nonprofit organization that specializes in creating a variety of items related to American history.
The society recently announced it has commissioned a sculptor to create a life-sized bronze statue of Lincoln sitting on a bench beside his young son, Tad.
The statue will commemorate Lincoln's visit to Richmond on April 5, 1865 - two days after Union troops captured the smoldering city and four days before the Civil War ended.
If all goes according to plan, the statue will be unveiled April 5 at the National Park Service's Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitors Center on the grounds of the old Tredegar Iron Works. Tredegar was a major supplier of munitions to the Confederate army.
Kline, a soft-spoken U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, is taking the criticism in stride.
"I knew this project would stir up some people," he said.
But the passionate anger expressed by some critics has not cooled Kline on the project. He is convinced a statue of Lincoln in Richmond is a fitting commemoration of an important moment in the city's storied history.
"We have had lots of positive feedback, too," he said.
One proponent wrote, in part, as follows:
Dear Mr. Kline: I am a born and bred southerner living in Manassas, Virginia. I am a Civil War re-enactor serving with a primarily Confederate unit that also does a Federal impression . . . As someone with a deep appreciation of my southern heritage, I became aware of the controversy around your Lincoln statue and the organized opposition by some groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Civil War is over! We are all now Americans. I support your laudable goal to point to healing the wounds.
Kline finds it somewhat amusing that people who emphasize the importance of honoring their Confederate heritage are verbally slamming him and the U.S. Historical Society.
Over the years, the society has produced an enormous amount of collectible items related to the major figures of the Confederacy. One example: A reproduction of Robert E. Lee's pistol.
As for Kline, he played a major role in the fund-raising campaign that built the new Museum of the Confederacy beside the White House of the Confederacy in the early 1970s.
"We raised the money to build that museum," he said.
"We" refers to Morrison and Kline, then a Richmond public-relations firm in which Kline was a partner. The firm came up with a project that enabled the campaign to reach its goal of $1 million - a goal that one precampaign study had determined was too high.
"The study was wrong," Kline said.
Kline's firm oversaw the mass production of 10 collector plates related to American history. Some 1,200 matched sets of plates were sold at $900 a set, thus raising over $1 million.
The U.S. Historical Society was organized in 1973 as the U.S. Bicentennial Society. The name was changed two years later.
Kline was one of the founding fathers, along with Virginius Dabney, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who was a longtime editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
From the beginning, the society has had headquarters in a late-19th-century building on the southwest corner of First and Main streets in downtown Richmond. The building was also the home of the Morrison and Kline public-relations firm until it folded.
Kline grew up in Dixon, Ill., a small town about 90 miles due west of Chicago. One of the town's claims to fame is that Ronald Reagan spent part of his youth living there.
After graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1943, Kline was commissioned an officer in the Navy. While stationed in Norfolk, he met Jean Pollard, who became his wife.
After World War II, the couple wound up in Richmond, where Kline worked as a reporter for the city's afternoon newspaper, The Richmond News Leader.
He was called back to active duty for the Korean War in the early 1950s. When that ended, he eventually returned to Richmond to work for an advertising agency.
Although the U.S. Historical Society has been a fixture in Richmond for 30 years, many people know little or nothing about it.
"Our main focus is historical education," said Marty Moran, the society's president.
The society produces and sells miniature figures and dolls of historical figures, and reproductions of historical items such as Thomas Jefferson's telescope, the sword George Washington had at his first inauguration, and the pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in their duel, in which Hamilton was mortally wounded.
The society has nonprofit status because it donates part of its proceeds to other nonprofit organizations.
"One of our longest-running associations has been with the Boy Scouts," Moran said.
Some years ago, the society donated nearly $55,000 to Special Olympics International. The money was raised by selling items commemorating the 100th anniversary of golf in America.
Once the Lincoln statue is in place, Kline wants to consider the possibility of creating another statue with a Civil War theme that could be placed at Tredegar.
"I really think it would be nice to have a statue of a Union soldier and a Confederate soldier facing each other and maybe shaking hands," he said.
OK, SO WE Southerners are not good losers. Stafford High School student Javier Aponte wrote a letter to the editor this week wondering why so many of his classmates choose to wear T-shirts and baseball caps and "'do rags" adorned with the Confederate flag.
" Let's face it," Javier wrote, "that flag didn't stand for things that are the greatest."
He's concerned that this fashion statement could hurt the feelings of some wimps worried about the symbolism of the Rebel flag. These weenies are put off by the idea that if the South had won the war, manual labor and household help would be much cheaper. Well, actually, it would be free.
This is, after all, the 21st century, Javier wrote. The last time Javier checked his history book, the Civil War was fought in the 19th century. And, as Javier--who is a credit to the Stafford school system--points out, the South lost.
Javier, Javier, Javier.
If you don't like it here, why don't you move to a state in the Union?
Just kidding, Javier.
But really, it's rude to remind us that we came up a little short back in 1865.
Besides, it's not important whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. So what if we were using slaves to do the work back home while Johnny Reb went out to fight? Didn't Gen. Robert E. Lee cut a dashing figure? And how about that Rebel yell? Woooo! WOOOOOO!!
I mean, so what if to hundreds of millions of people here and around the world, the Confederate flag stands for buying and selling human beings? It's our heritage, baby. Woooo! WOOOOO!!
Anyway, if it's sensitivity Javier is looking for, he'd better think about living in Vermont, not Virginia.
Because if anyone thought that two world wars, Korea and Vietnam might have shaken the Old Dominion's allegiance to the Confederacy, they can forget it. And if anyone thought all those American flag decals that appeared on pickup trucks following Sept. 11 meant that the Confederate flag had been eclipsed, they can forget that, too.
Nearly 140 years after the end of the Civil War, there's a controversy broiling over a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln and son Tad that's supposed to be unveiled at the Civil War Visitor Center of the National Park Service in Richmond in April.
The event will mark the 138th anniversary of a visit to the capital of the Confederacy by Lincoln and his son, five days before the end of the Civil War. At the time, the city was still smoldering after being abandoned in flames by Southern forces. Lincoln was assassinated 10 days later.
The head of the United States Historical Society, which commissioned the statue, has said it reunites "a national hero, a small boy, and a beautiful city," according to The Associated Press.
But a group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has said the idea is "a slap in the face" to those who fought against Lincoln's "invasion of Virginia."
Some might dismiss that as isolated, nut-job extremism.
But it's not.
On Friday, a whopping 67 percent of 35,000 Virginians responding to an online poll by the Virginian Pilot opposed the Lincoln statue being installed in Richmond.
OK, Javier. We know what you're thinking. Yes, Lincoln may have been our greatest president. Yes, he gave his life for his country. Yes, it IS the 21st century. And yes, we're about to go to war as a nation, together, both North and South.
But do you really expect us to just sit idly by while a 2-ton Lincoln with brass knuckles invades Richmond?
If we don't hold the line in Richmond, the next thing you know, there will be statues of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Charlottesville and John F. Kennedy in Fredericksburg.
Whatever the cost may be, we shall fight the Yankee statues on the beaches; we shall fight them in the parks and on the streets. And we shall never, ever surrender.
MICHAEL ZITZ is a staff writer for the Life section. You can write to him c/o The Free Lance-Star, 616 Amelia St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; send e-mail to email@example.com; or call 374-5408.
Northern Virginia legislators will submit a slew of bills during the next General Assembly session to raise cigarette taxes, increase Internet spamming penalties and limit property tax increases.
The 45-day session begins Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the state capitol in Richmond. This years General Assembly actions are especially important because all 100 seats in the House of Delegates and 40 in the State Senate are up for re-election on Nov. 4.
State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) will sponsor a bill to tax cigarette manufacturers 4 cents per pack, a measure she estimated would raise $364 million per year.
In Virginia, we produce more than 180 billion cigarettes per year, she said. Under my bill, the money would go into a trust fund for public school construction and renovation.
Howell said she expected Virginias tobacco lobby to oppose the bill, but said the impact on state residents would be modest because most of the cigarettes are sold elsewhere in the world.
Howell also will sponsor a bill to require all clergy members to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Clergy of all faiths, if they suspect abuse and neglect, will be required to report it, like teachers and social workers do now, she said.
Another of Howells bills would make Virginias protective orders, which shield victims from their abusers, conform with those in other states. The idea is to make it uniform across the country, she said.
Del. James Scott (D-53rd) will submit a bill to base the states transportation financing formula on vehicle registrations instead of lane miles or vehicle miles traveled. That will get closer to real problem of congestion and address it, he said.
Another of Scotts bills would prohibiting the reporting of presidential election results until polls close in states east of Mississippi. The bill, which Scott said is designed to prevent election-calling mishaps like those in Florida during the 2000 presidential race, passed the House of Delegates last year and was killed in the Senate.
Del. Jeannemarie Devolites (R-35th), who next year plans to run for the open 34th District State Senate seat, said she will submit an anti-spamming law with criminal penalties.
The fines just arent working, Devolites said of regulations designed to protect Internet users from bulk e-mailings. We need jail time.
Devolites also will continue her work on public access to court records via the Internet. Critics of unfettered access say divorce papers, land-use documents and other records often contain Social Security numbers, credit card information and other items much sought by identity thieves.
Devolites will suggest the records have a removable cover sheet containing sensitive personal information and that the records be accessible via subscription.
Del. Vincent Callahan (R-34th) will submit bills this year to increase retirement payments to state employees, make it easier for independent candidates to get petition signatures, and ease the residency requirements for unpaid election workers.
Another of Callahans bills would change the name of the Capitol Hostesses to the Capitol Tour Guides. Callahan said the new name is designed to be gender-neutral and inclusive of current staff members.
As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Callahans biggest duty will be balancing the state budget, which has been hit with lower-than-expected revenues and increasing Medicaid costs.
As Fairfax County homeowners brace for the third straight year of double-digit property tax increases, some activists are pushing for bills that would limit property tax increases to 5 percent.
Peter Ferrara, president of Virginia Club for Growth, said he will lobby hard for bills to limit property tax increases to 5 percent.
All over the country, where theyve put this on the ballot, it wins overwhelmingly even in liberal states, he said. Legislators will oppose it at their peril.
Ferrara also will push to eliminate Virginias estate tax. Its an unfair tax and counterproductive and the people know it, he said.
Members of Northern Virginias legislative delegation will hold a public meeting on Saturday, Jan. 4 , at 9 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Howell, Scott and Callahan also will meet with constituents on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. at Longfellow Middle School in McLean.
Fairfax County Clerk of the Court John Frey remembers the time he led a Russian delegation on a tour of the countys courthouse.
When Frey pointed out people researching public records, a guest remarked, Its just like the KGB.
Frey quickly took issue. I told them anyone in the country could see this, he said. Our system is based on open records. The average guy can see whether hes being treated the same as the wealthy and famous.
Digital records have saved many important documents from ruin and the Internet potentially can make them available to anyone instantly. Thats good, unless the person is a criminal bent on using the information for ill gain.
Virginia lawmakers are trying to make it harder for identity thieves and other criminals to glean personal and financial data from public court records.
Open government advocates, however, want to ensure that public information remains as unrestricted as possible.
Its the old issue of [the] devil is in the details, said Forrest Lamdon, executive director of the Virginia Coalition of Open Government. Our position is the same for all records, that as much information as possible should be placed online for easy access for all citizens.
Del. Jeannemarie Devolites (R-35th) will submit a bill next year to extend the General Assemblys Internet joint subcommittees life for another year.
Virginia should have done this a long time ago, Devolites said. Before, clerks of court knew everybody in town. Now we must look at accessibility of court records generally.
Proponents of restricting information point to the veritable treasure trove of personal information available in court files. For example, divorce records list financial transactions, property data and family information.
Although many state court officials are wary of Internet access, the 27-member Judicial Conference of the United States voted in September to offer remote access to almost all electronic documents in civil and bankruptcy cases. Only the litigants Social Security numbers would be omitted.
Federal judge Sam Wilson of Roanoke has proposed uniform access rules for Internet and paper files, including immediate access to electronic filings in criminal cases, according to the Virginia Coalition of Open Governments Web site.
Circuit courts in more than 50 Virginia localities offer basic information on thousands of active criminal and civil cases.
Frey said Internet access is far different from having to traipse down to the courthouse to look up records. In-person research requires effort, persistence and familiarity with the judicial system. Lazy people who wish to spy on their neighbors need not apply.
Frey said Fairfax County already allows computer access to land records, but only through private Internet accounts that charge $25 per month and require passwords. The idea is not only to weed out the nosy, but also to protect the countys computer system from hackers, he said.
Frey said he will encourage lawmakers to proceed cautiously with electronic records.
Its a daunting task, he said.
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Well, letter writers to the RTD have been quite irate about this the past couple days!
I've been redistricted out of one bad district into another. I am now in Leslie Byrne's district, the goofball who tried last year to outlaw sleeping in La-Z-Boy recliners in the den. Anyone wishing to find out who his or her senator or delegate is can find out at the link
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"I like what the governor is doing on the budget, but I disagree with him on this one," said Del. Albert C. Pollard Jr. D-Lancaster. "The issue is: Where does government stop? Could this be used as an arbitrary measure by policemen to stop drivers?"
Added Del. Jackie T. Stump, D-Buchanan County: "We've got plenty of laws on the books, quite honestly. In government, we push too many things. We can't be every brother's keeper."
Warner will get support from some House Republicans. Del. Thomas M. Bolvin and Del. Timothy D. Hugo, both from Fairfax County, said they will vote for the bill. [mandatory seat belts]
Well ill be dipped in butter they are taking steps to quell this problem now i only have one question will it be 1 step foreward and 2 back or will they flat out run with it?