Get rid of political TV ads
IT HAS ALREADY STARTED, and it's about to get a lot worse. Baseball’s postseason is underway, and some of the vilest television ads we ever see have been airing: political ads.
I generally see two kinds of political ads on TV. The first one usually illustrates how the heavens will open and the planets will align if people simply vote for a particular candidate. The second kind is generally a smear against the other candidate, with foreboding music in the background and a caricature or unflattering photo of the opponent, promising damnation to everything we hold dear if the opponent wins the election.
Consider this: Would it be so terrible if political ads were banned from TV? Before claiming that this is an obvious violation of the First Amendment, remember that, once upon a time, cigarette ads were aired on TV, but those have been banned.
The internet is better than it has ever been. If a candidate wants people to see an ad, it wouldn't be difficult to find a way to get their attention. We can go to the candidate's website and read about his or her views and political positions, and need for campaign donations.
Also: Imagine what kind of campaign reform we would have if contribution limits were drastically reduced.
We don't wait for BRAC
Re "Recovery is real, but base closures may be on the horizon" (front page, Oct. 3): After the release of Old Dominion University's “State of the Region” report and the related comments on the likelihood of a future round of Defense Base Closure and Realignment, I'd like to describe our region's ongoing efforts to prepare for such an eventuality.
In many municipalities, local leaders have never developed a close working relationship with the leaders of nearby military installations. As a result, they have no idea what the installations need.
We don’t do it that way in Hampton Roads.
Every host community in our region has developed an enviable working relationship with the leaders of the military installations within their borders. They have continuing, candid exchanges of ideas and clear descriptions of issues that require resolution for the installation to perform its mission and care for its people.
From transportation to public education, from encroachment to spousal employment, we have a collaborative partnership in place to address those issues. We don’t wait for Congress to approve a BRAC before getting at those issues; we get at them as soon as they’re identified.
By dealing with them in the moment, we are as prepared as possible if Congress approves another round of base closings. We want the conditions surrounding our military installations to be so good that the Defense Department would move additional forces here from other areas.
Hampton Roads Military
and Federal Facilities Alliance
Proof you can carry
I think I have the the solution to arguments about universal background checks. A complete, voluntary federal background check could be done on anyone of a predetermined age. A small card, like a credit card with an embedded chip, could be issued to those who pass the screening process.
The background check would last indefinitely or until the person commits a crime. The card would allow a person to carry a concealed handgun, and buy firearms and ammunition. It also could serve any other purpose that requires a state or federal background check. It also would become a valuable asset when applying for a job at or establishing a business that requires background checks, such as child care centers and the like.
It would be a truly a universal system that would make various state requirements irrelevant. After all, the Second Amendment applies to the United States, and can't be "interpreted" by the states.
I have always been an advocate of state's rights, and this just reinforces them on a federal basis.
Re "Husband of Portsmouth prosecutor: Recall activist went too far" (front page, Oct. 2): One need not go much further than this news story to learn why Portsmouth's justice system is the region's laughingstock.
The tempest in a teapot of Stephanie Morales' and her husband's row with Barry Randall makes it hard to tell whether to laugh or cry.
Bad traffic plan
Now that construction has begun on the intersection of Indian River and Kempsville roads, has anyone critically analyzed the projected traffic volumes in the project's computer simulation? It shows no more than five to seven cars per light cycle making left turns in any direction.
This is a gross underestimation. Anyone who has used this intersection during rush hour knows that the actual count is easily two to three times that number. This will result in cars backed up into the travel lanes, reducing the effective capacity of the intersection even further.
I tried to voice my concerns to project engineers at the original Virginia Department of Transportation hearing about five years ago, and I recorded my concerns in writing as well. Is it too late for a critical reassessment before a bad intersection becomes much worse?
Help restoring voting rights
The midterm elections are about a month away, so this is the perfect time to remind readers that many Virginians still can’t take part in the most important part of the democratic process: voting.
When a person is convicted of a felony in Virginia, state law revokes his or her civil rights — including the right to vote. Unlike in most states, a person's voting rights are not automatically restored after one's sentence is served. Instead, disenfranchised Virginians must ask the governor to restore those rights.
People who have been convicted of felonies should not feel that the rights restoration process is hopeless. In fact, it’s easier than ever for previously convicted Virginians to apply to restore their rights. It can be done through the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. For additional help, people can reach out to us at Revive My Vote, a nonpartisan student volunteer project at William & Mary Law School. We are happy to help, regardless of a person's political views.
By calling our hotline at (844) 932-8683 or visiting our website (revivemyvote.com), disenfranchised Virginians can learn the status of their voting rights and apply to get them back if necessary. Although thousands of Virginians have already regained the right to vote, many more are eligible.
Revive My Vote
During his recent appearance at the Norfolk Forum, former FBI Director James Comey said he wanted to know why Republican leaders aren’t standing up to President Donald Trump.
Why would they, when the economy is booming, ISIS is being destroyed, North Korea's leader is talking about denuclearizing the country's weapons and a trade deal between South Korea and the United States was just recently signed?
Comey talks the talk about leadership, but he doesn’t walk the talk. Leadership is leading by example and standing up for your beliefs. Voters saw right through him when he said that Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” over her emails. That is one of the many reasons why Trump was elected president of the United States.
Source : https://pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/article_e9f23be2-c825-11e8-b3e3-1b4b5cd70db6.html