Monday, June 1, 2009

Appomattox News Endorses Deeds

While I am still undecided on this gubernatorial race - 3 great candidates! - I do think highlighting Southside newspaper endorsements is important. As such, Deeds scored another endorsement today; yesterday it was the Martinsville Bulletin, today it is the Appomattox News. Deeds' strong environmental stances and sound energy policies, especially his distrust of uranium mining, given the affect of the proposed mine to the Appomattox area, were important to this endorsement. Money quote:
Creigh Deeds has proven his interest time and again in Southside Virginia as well. He has been a guest speaker many times at events sponsored by the Appomattox County Democratic Committee and he always works well with his constituents in the Legislature in Washington. Deeds knows and understands the issues the fifth district faces, and how those issues may shape the entire state’s future within the next four years.
We trust that Appomattox area voters will get out the vote for Creigh Deeds on Tuesday, June 9.


Linda said...

Hi Drew! Thank you for the note about our endorsement. I was happy to endorse Creigh, although my staff and I had long discussions about the three candidates. All are worthy men, and our decision was based upon several factors, including the possibility that the uranium mining moratorium might be lifted during the next candidate's administration.

I was reminded by Moran's staff that Brian Moran also objected to the study as financed by corporate monies. The link to that information is located here, as reported by the Danville newspaper:

I missed this information, but it may not have swayed our decision, as Deeds has mentioned his opposition to the uranium mine several times. And, now that the study is a statewide issue, it demands even more attention. This is one issue that could change the face of Virginia forever.

Although uranium mining lasts only for a few decades to extract the ore for milling and to export it to Kentucky or other parts unknown for enrichment (if it ever is enriched - and it must be enriched to use in nuclear power plants), the recovery of the mining property often takes just as long as the mining procedures.

Since the uranium vein runs approximately south-north from North Carolina into Pittsylvania County and to points in northern Virginia, the lifting of the uranium mine moratorium could turn about one third of this state into a former-uranium mining wasteland for centuries.

If you want to talk about a huge loss in tax base, then there needs to be more talk about uranium mining issues in this state. Uranium mining affects property values (even the talk of an uranium mine will cause property values to drop - ask any Realtor in Pittsylvania County), and it will eliminate the possibility of any residential or commercial growth - especially on mining property that has been closed and that has gone through reparation.

Talking about this issue is the importance behind educating Virginia's residents about uranium mining. Although it may help Virginia in the short run financially (and that's a theory based upon air, in my opinion), it will affect this state for many decades financially, visually, environmentally and in its health issues.

Anonymous said...

Linda your endorsement just cost you a ad i will never advertise again