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On the Ebola front lines

County native opts to switch duties as Emory RN, bringing him face-to-face with victims of outbreak

Tax deadlines jeopardized by tardy bills

Town of Halifax expects to push back due date for personal property payments; South Boston struggles to stick to schedule

Prizery managing director to leave position


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Coleman Starnes, coaching legend, dies at age 75

Frank Coleman Starnes, the most successful high school varsity football coach in Comet history, passed away Wednesday

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Not so irrelevant

SoVaNow.com / October 10, 2012
Dear Viewpoint,

Regarding Tom McLaughlin’s column in the Wednesday, October 3 edition of The Mecklenburg Sun, I agree that in the future the Republican Party needs to embrace positions that are more inclusive and therefore make the party a more viable alternative to minority voters. However, I strongly disagree that the Republican Party is quickly becoming irrelevant. An analysis of the current and projected makeup of the country’s governorships and state legislatures after this November’s election indicates that 31 of 50 governorships will be held by Republicans (with one Independent), and 60 of the 98 state legislatures (with one non-partisan unicameral legislature in Nebraska,) will also be controlled by Republicans, including in traditionally “blue” states like New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It is true that Republican candidates have won the “national” popular vote only once in the last five Presidential contests, but in that same time Republicans have controlled the House and/or Senate in 12 of those 20 Congressional sessions. I would hardly say that a solid 60-plus percent success rate across “local elections” (i.e Congress, Governors and State Legislatures) is a formula for irrelevancy. As the former Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once famously said, “All politics is local,” and it appears that in the local sense, the majority of Americans still prefer those choices to be Republican.

Sincerely,
Joseph Vitanza, Chase City

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