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Confusing argument / June 25, 2009
Dear Viewpoint:

I am somewhat confused by Jack Dunnavant’s letter to the editor in the June 17th edition of the newspaper.

Mr Dunnavant begins by beginning his letter by pointing out that Robert Hurt and that Attorney General Bill Mims are Republicans. Then he begins his diatribe about the ‘Dillion Rule’ which is the basis of the Attorney General’s ruling. He thens ends his letter by writing that he is a ‘loyal Republican’ but will vote for the Democrat for Governor.

His thought process would make sense if it was the Republican Party that controlled the state and created the Dillion Rule. However the fact is that the Dillion Rule was put into Virginia Constitution generations ago when the Democrats had complete control of state govenment.

His thought process might make sense also if the Attorney General had any power to make law or overturn Virginia’s laws. He does not, he can only advise on what appears to be the law. It is the role of the General Assembly to make law and the courts to interpret law and make sure it conforms to the Virginia Constitution.

Finally it is fasinating that the ‘loyal Republican’, Mr Dunnavant who has been very active in the fight opposing uranium mining would choose to oppose former Attorney General Bob McDonnell who had no vote on uranium. He instead will support Democrat Senator Deeds who had a chance to vote against uranium mining and chose instead to vote in favor of SB525.

Very confusing indeed!

Thank you,

Pat Barksdale

Chairman, Halifax Co. Republican Committee


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