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Douglass hits opponent on uranium ties

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John Douglass speaking from top of the bar at Molasses Grill. / October 11, 2012
John Douglass, the Democratic candidate for the Fifth District House seat, fired up a packed house at Molasses Grill Tuesday afternoon by mincing no words about the incumbent he is running against — Rep. Robert Hurt — and his family ties to the uranium industry.

Douglass noted he is the only statewide politician who has made it quite plain that he opposes uranium mining in nearby Pittsylvania County, and he will do everything in his power to stop the mining operation should it be approved by the state legislature.

Douglass noted that Hurt’s father is a major stockholder in the uranium mine, and said that Hurt doesn’t care about how the mine may affect local residents. “They just want the money,” he told the crowd, to loud applause.

“If the ban is lifted,” he said “and they start trying to mine uranium there, I’ll lie down in front of the bulldozer, and I don’t think they want to run over a member of Congress.”

If elected, Douglass vowed to introduce as his first bill a ban on uranium mining near any residential area.

“This is your land, these are your homes and your children and we cannot afford to have their values, their safety and their future taken away for someone else’s money.”

Douglass told listeners about an experience he had while serving on a NATO project in eastern Germany. There, he visited a uranium mine that had closed, but which had contaminated the air, water and soil for a radius of some 100 miles. The cleanup of that mine, he said, cost $15 million.

Uranium mining was not the only subject that Douglass discussed during his hour-long town hall meeting at the Halifax restaurant. He addressed the need for better educational opportunities for students in poor rural areas, as well as health care and reproductive rights of women. “We don’t want women to lose control of their bodies.”

Douglass was introduced to the crowd of some 100 guests by Jack Dunavant, head of We the People, Inc. an anti-uranium mining advocacy group. He is also a member of Halifax Town Council.

“This is a life or death situation for us,” Dunavant told the crowd as he went over a brochure detailing problems associated with uranium mmining.

Dunavant urged listeners to make a difference by getting out and talking with friends and neighbors to get them to vote for Douglass, who he praised as the only politician who has come out in firm opposition to uranium mining.

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Thank God this guy is retired and away from our military. I feel a lot safer with him sitting at home collecting a tax check.


I agree, this guy is a wack job. Did you hear @ the debate last night? I am a general and I expect you to call me General Douglas. Sounds like he was one of us old time military guys would call chickens***! If I had been Congressman Hurt, I would have said that I will call you retired general and you call me congressman, but Robert being the gentlemen agreed. VOTE HURT, unless you want your kids an grand kids to become bankrupt!


You are both correct. This guy is a nut job! There is no way I would want him representing 5th district. VOTE HURT!


Dr. Kenneth J. Hildebrandt, on the ballot for US Congress, is against Uranium Mining as Douglass knows or should know. See Issue #2 "No Uranium Mining" at stating "We don't need to be endangering our population for energy sources" when we could be "Growing Our Economy by Growing Our Own Oil" Issue #1.

While excluded from debates the Daily Progress reports "...Hildebrandt is on the ballot, he ought to be behind a podium with a chance to make his case against candidates Douglass and Hurt. Voters will, after all, see his name when they walk into the voting booth. It is to everyone's advantage that they be as well-informed as possible. Debates are one of the ways we become well-informed."

You CAN watch Ken's interview with WDBJ7's Chris Hurst at and see what someone with integrity, honesty and dedication has to say and offer.


This jerk on his debate was just as big a butt as the number 2 idiot in the nation Joe Biden. Dr. Keith Ablow said this morning that Biden may be eat up with dimentia, maybe GENERAL Douglas too????

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