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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A Rare Opportunity

Here is the "Letter to the Editor" I wrote to the WaPo last week. I figured since they aren't publishing it, I might as well.
I commend you for "George Allen’s America" [page A12, Aug. 15]. However, it is important to remember that George Allen's comments are just another in a long list of reasons why Virginians should vote for Jim Webb on November 7th. This year, instead of having to choose between the lesser of two evils, Virginia voters have the unique opportunity to greatly improve the quality of our Senator. The choice between Jim Webb and George Allen is crystal clear:

George Allen believes that Insurance and Drug companies should be able to charge Virginians whatever they want for healthcare, he blindly follows the President's policy on stem cell research (along with everything else), and has voted against raising the minimum wage four times. Not to mention that he avoided military service in Vietnam yet fully supports the Iraq war now.

By contrast, Jim Webb believes that "affordable healthcare is a right all Virginians should have", he supports ethical stem cell research to provide cures for some of the world’s worst diseases (including Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer), and wants to raise the minimum wage, a measure that is long overdue. Also, Jim Webb is a decorated Vietnam vet who has opposed the Iraq war from the beginning and has a plan to get us out.

Virginians are the luckiest voters in the country this fall because we have a rare opportunity to pick a qualified leader to represent us instead of an embarrassment of a rubber-stamp politician.

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