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					                                                                                                             SAVE THE DATE Shake, Bake & Sprout
                                                                                                                                                       A children’s event series featuring                              Where: Vinton
                                                                                                                                                    hands-on learning about container                                   Farmers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Market
                                                                                                                                                    gardening, a hands-on cooking activity                              When: 10 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                    and a fun exercise and movement                                     to 2 p.m., July
                                                                                                                                                    activity. Lancerlot Sports Camp, lead                               16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cost: Free
                                                                                                                                                    by the Roanoke Children’s Theatre, will                             Contact:
                                                                                                                                                    present the original musical, “Cookin’ It.”                         983-0613

                                 THE ROANOKE TIMES          SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011




Crowd Tea party hopeful fears U.N. control
is fair’s                            Tripp Godsey said a transportation law supported by Del. Dave
                                     Nutter and Sen. John Edwards erodes personal property rights.
                                                                                                                                      to issue a statement commending the
                                                                                                                                      board and promising to fight for repeal
                                                                                                                                      of the mandate.


best                                              By Mason Adams
                                              mason.adams@roanoke.com
                                                                                     fall in a race for the 21st Senate District
                                                                                     seat, is criticizing both men for those
                                                                                     votes, saying the bill has created more
                                                                                                                                         The issue is a big one for the Roa-
                                                                                                                                      noke Tea Party, which had called for
                                                                                                                                      its members to speak out before the
                                                                                                                                      board’s vote. Godsey was recruited by


show
                                                      981-3253
                                                                                     problems than it solved.                         the tea party to run against Edwards,                      Tripp Godsey           Dave Nutter
                                        Virginia Sen. John Edwards and                  Godsey’s criticism stems from a               and his campaign manager, Greg                             Dislikes urban         Wants to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 development            curb eminent
                                     Del. Dave Nutter both saw a 2007                section of the lengthy bill that requires        Aldridge, is a prominent leader within                     zones.                 domain.
                                     omnibus transportation bill as a way            localities of a certain size and growth          the Roanoke Tea Party.
    A few years back I invited       to fund roads without a wholesale tax           rate to establish “urban development                “Not all laws, brought up either by                                 Follow all things
a well-heeled friend and his         increase.                                       areas” in which to focus new growth.             Republicans or Democrats, are good                                     political west of
children to join me and my              Now, Tripp Godsey, who is running            The Roanoke County Board of Super-               laws,” Godsey said. “If I can get elected,                             Richmond and
kids at the Salem Fair. His          against Nutter for the Republican nom-          visors unanimously voted down a                                                                                         beyond at
face twisted into a scowl.           ination and right to face Edwards this          proposal last week, which led Godsey                               See SENATE, 8                              blogs.roanoke.com/politics.
    “Have you seen the people
there?” he asked hesitantly.
    Such elitist attitudes
toward the 24-year-old Roa-


                                                                                                                                                                                                Tax jump
noke Valley institution are
unfortunate but not uncom-
mon and have been spreading


                                                                                                                                                                                                likely in
              in recent years.
                 The      basic
              complaint goes
              like   this:    It


  Dan Casey
              seems as if every
              strange-looking
              bumpkin within
                                                                                                                                                                                                school
                                                                                                                                                                                                projects
   dan.casey  150 miles shows
@roanoke.com up at the Salem
   981-3423   Fair.     Mostly
              they come out at
night, like vampires, except
many are missing incisors                                                                                                                                                                       Montgomery school
(or other teeth).
    They sport beastly tattoos,
                                                                                                                                                                                                officials must find a way
bizarre piercings and brightly
dyed mohawks. Some men
                                                                                                                                                                                                to fund $96 million of
wear camouflage garb, even                                                                                                                                                                       the building costs.
though hunting season is
long past. Some women are                                                                                                                                                                               By Katelyn Polantz
clothed in tube tops or halters                                                                                                                                                                    katelyn.polantz@roanoke.com
about eight sizes too small.                                                                                                                                                                                 381-1669
    They are so unusual
looking they might even
                                                                                                                                                                                                   The projects to build
get kicked out of the world-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Blacksburg and Auburn high
famous Texas Tavern, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                schools and renovate Auburn
serves everybody.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Middle School will cost Mont-
    Mind you, this is what
                                                                                                                                                                                                gomery County about the
snobs like my friend say. Not
                                                                                                                                                                                                same amount, $125 million,
me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                that officials had previously
    I believe the elitists are
                                                                                                                                                                                                said, and could cause a jump
missing out on the best peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                in the property tax rate of 10
ple-watching experience the
                                                                                                                                                                                                cents or more.
Roanoke Valley has to offer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   According to a proposed
    Because — let’s face it
                                                                                                                                                                                                contract released by the
— the fair is a wonderful and                                                                                                     Photos by REBECCA BARNETT | The Roanoke Times
                                                                                                                                                                                                school district after 10 p.m.
wacky menagerie of human-                    Scott Franzak of Mechanicsville, Md., stands back with a soda as his friends Julia Wallace and her fiance Gary                                      Friday, the cost for a private
ity, more eye-popping than                   Furrow, both of Rocky Mount, enjoy wine tasting at Floyd Fandango on Saturday. Franzak was the designated
                                             driver. “It’s because he’s a good guy,” said Furrow. “Nobody wants to hurt anybody, so it’s good to have a D.D.”                                   company to build the schools
the paintings in the Taubman
                                                                                                                                                                                                may not exceed $110 million,




                                             At wine festival,
Museum of Art, and far more
                                                                                                                                                                                                or $35.7 million for Auburn
interesting than the slumber-
                                                                                                                                                                                                High, $18.8 million for Auburn
ing animals at the Mill Moun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Middle and $55.5 million for
tain Zoo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Blacksburg High.
    No question, plenty of nor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   But that amount doesn’t
mal-appearing people will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                include all expenses, such as
among the 250,000 to 300,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                contingencies and furniture




                                             nondrinkers rule
souls who will pass through
                                                                                                                                                                                                purchases, Craig Meadows,
the fair’s gates between now
                                                                                                                                                                                                the county administrator,
and next Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                said Saturday. Those necessi-
    But you also see those
                                                                                                                                                                                                ties should add another $14.5
folks walking downtown, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                million to the price, pushing
dining at Famous Anthony’s,
                                                                                                                                                                                                the projects’ total to about
or shopping at Valley View
                                                                                                                                                                                                $125 million.
Mall. Because they’re ordi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I think the school board
nary, they fade into the sum-
mer’s background like a green                                                                                          Designated drivers get extra                                             through their negotiations
                                                                                                                                                                                                with [construction company]
leaf on a 100-foot-tall oak.                                                                                           privileges so the event won’t                                            Branch [& Associates] have
    The others stand out like
streetwalkers in a Christian                                                                                           be anybody’s last fandango.                                              done a tremendous job get-
                                                                                                                                                                                                ting high-quality schools,”
bookstore. And there’s a high
                                                                                                                                    By Jorge Valencia                                           Meadows said. “That’ll be our
concentration of them at the
                                                                                                                               jorge.valencia@roanoke.com                                       challenge — to put the num-
Salem Fair.
                                                                                                                                         981-3349                                               bers together so we can keep
    Wednesday morning, I vis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                it as low as possible for the
ited the fair organizers to sug-
                                                                                                                          Responsible friends do not let                                        taxpayers.”
gest they highlight this aspect
                                                                                                                       their friends drive drunk, so Scott                                         The school district released
in their promotional advertis-
                                                                                                                       Franzak sometimes goes for Diet                                          the contract price tag Friday
ing. For years that has mostly
                                                                                                                       Cokes instead of beer or wine.                                           along with the draft contract
focused on carnival rides,
                                                                                                                          For Floyd Fandango, the annual                                        with a group of companies.
blue-ribbon jams and cakes,
                                                                                                                       July drinks and bands festival off                                       The release didn’t include
a petting zoo, racing pigs and
                                                                                                                       the Blue Ridge Parkway, Franzak                                          information about the proj-
the Abe Lincoln act by U.S.
                                                                                                                       planned to drive his girlfriend and                                      ects’ total costs. School dis-
Rep. Morgan Griffith.
                                                                                                                       three friends to Rocky Mount after
    “I think you’re missing a
                                                                                                                       a day of music and beverage tastings                                                    See TAX, 8
prime marketing opportuni-
                                                                                                                       — though not for him.
ty,” I told Carey Harveycutter,
                                                                                                                          “You’ve got to have a designated
lord of the Salem Civic Cen-
                                                                                                                       driver for everything,” he said Satur-
ter and the fair. With him was                                                                                                                                                                     School costs
                                                                                                                       day, holding a frosty can to his chest.
John Saunders, his assistant.
                                                                                                                       “Otherwise, you don’t want be out
The fair was their idea, back                                                                                                                                                                      Blacksburg High
                                                                                                                       on the road.”
about 1986.                                                                                                                                                                                        $55.5 million
                                                                                                                          Festival organizers and police
    Now, I didn’t hint a bit
                                                                                                                       everywhere agree with him, espe-                                            Auburn High
about what they were miss-
                                                                                                                       cially during holidays. The people                                          $35.7 million
ing. But Harveycutter is
                                                                                                                       who put on Floyd Fandango encour-
no fool. He’s probably the                                                                                                                                                                         Auburn Middle
                                                                                                                       age designated drivers by reducing                                          $18.8 million
         See CASEY, 8
                                                                                                                       admission cost for those who say
                                                                                                                       they will be driving and giving them                                        Other expenses
                                                                                                                       free non-alcoholic beverages during                                         $14.5 million
                                                                                                                       the two-day event.
           Join the discussion                                                                                            The Virginia State Police increas-                                       TOTAL
             with columnist
               Dan Casey
                                                                                                                       es enforcement during the July 4
                                                                                                                       weekend to three-quarters of its
                                                                                                                                                                                                   $125 million
                                                  Ali Pearce of Fort Mill, S.C., relaxes under the beer tent at                                                                                    SOURCE: Proposed construction contract
   at blogs.roanoke.com/                          Floyd Fandango in Patrick County. Pearce said she came to                                                                                        released Friday by Montgomery County
          dancasey.                               the festival to enjoy the atmosphere and the camping.                                   See WINE, 8




                                     1,8,8        3,2,3,6              5,8,9,10,13                         3,9,17,18,28,40 Free Ball 15           12,17,30,35,47 Mega Ball 26 (4x)            1,11,18,29,51 Power Ball 32 (3x)
          Saturday drawings                                                                               Wednesday drawing                      Friday drawing       JACKPOT   $12 million   Saturday drawing     JACKPOT   $20 million
                                     2,3,2        3,8,2,9              3,13,25,27,33
8    THE ROANOKE TIMES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunday, July 3, 2011



TAX:
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Officials vote
                                                                                                                                                                                                       SENATE:
Board                                                                                                                                                                                                  blindly, Godsey says
will vote                                                                                                                                                                                              FROM 1                            eral government and United

on plan                                                                                                                                                                                                I can come in and have a posi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       tive effect on this issue.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Godsey, a Roanoke insur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Nations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “What they’ve been trying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to do for years is implement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the U.N.’s Agenda 21 on how
FROM 1                                                                                                                                                                                                 ance agent, announced his         to organize and manage land
                                                                                                                                                                                                       intention to seek the Repub-      and people resources all over
trict spokeswoman Brenda                                                                                                                                                                               lican nomination to run           the world,” Aldridge said. “At
Drake Bowdel and school                                                                                                                                                                                against 16-year incumbent         every stage of this process,
board chairman Wendell Jones                                                                                                                                                                           Edwards, D-Roanoke, in early      there’s grant money involved
weren’t available for comment                                                                                                                                                                          June. A couple of weeks later,    to bribe localities, and it
Saturday.                                                                                                                                                                                              Nutter, a Christiansburg          looks harmless until you get
   The school board plans to                                                                                                                                                                           Republican, announced he          to the point where you lose
vote on the contract at its next                                                                                                                                                                       would also seek his party’s       control. Once you turn man-
meeting, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                          nomination for the seat.          agement over to these larger
at the Government Center in                                                                                                                                                                               Rather than ceding the         regional authorities, the local
Christiansburg.                                                                                                                                        Photos by REBECCA BARNETT | The Roanoke Times   nomination to Nutter, who         boards lose authority. Since
   In the fall, the district had                  John West, 5, of Floyd rides a mechanical bull at Floyd Fandango in Patrick County. The festival’s                                                   has received endorsements         they’ve taken the money
said construction would cost                      organizers encourage designated driving and emphasize their event is family-friendly.                                                                from Virginia Sens. Ralph         along the way, they’ve lost
about $125 million, with $57.5                                                                                                                                                                         Smith and Mark Obens-             control.”


                                                      Designated drivers
million for Blacksburg High,                                                                                                                                                                           hain and U.S. Rep. Morgan             Aldridge also criticized
$44.6 million for Auburn High                                                                                                                                                                          Griffith, Godsey has found         Nutter for his vote: “The
and $22.5 million to renovate
the current Auburn High
                                                  WINE:                                                                                                                                                reason to criticize both of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       his opponents.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         gentleman who wants to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the District 21 senator, not



                                                  given free soft drinks
building into a middle school.                                                                                                                                                                            And after bashing Edwards      only is he not reading what
   The plan released Friday                                                                                                                                                                            for voting “no” on a measure      he’s voting on, but some of
calls for a Blacksburg High                                                                                                                                                                            that would require law-           the stuff he’s voting on is an
School for 1,400 students,                                                                                                                                                                             makers to post budget bills       absolute abuse of Virgin-
an Auburn High for 600 stu-                                                                                                                                                                            online for 72 hours before a      ian citizens and he allowed
dents and Auburn Middle for                                                                                                                                                                            vote, Godsey is again taking      it by not paying attention.
                                                  FROM 1
460 students. That size for                                                                                                                                                                            a similar path in saying that     The people in the district he
Blacksburg High has more                                                                                                                                                                               neither Edwards nor Nutter        wishes to represent should
                                                  uniformed officers, or 1,400,
capacity than the district                                                                                                                                                                             fully understood the 2007         find this just abhorrent. This
                                                  to prevent crashes. Last July 4
first planned, though parents                                                                                                                                                                           transportation bill before        is the worst kind of represen-
                                                  weekend, troopers made 152
recently have worried that its                                                                                                                                                                         voting on it.                     tation, I believe.”
                                                  arrests for driving under the
size still won’t be adequate.                                                                                                                                                                             The bill was written and           Nutter, who works in
                                                  influence and cited 10,880
   If passed, the contract                                                                                                                                                                             passed by a House of Del-         Virginia Tech’s economic
                                                  people who were speeding.
would bring to a close a debate                                                                                                                                                                        egates and Senate that were       development office, charac-
                                                     “Unsafe driving is just
that has consumed the school                                                                                                                                                                           both run by Republican            terized Godsey’s comments
                                                  plain stupid,” said Erika John-
board and county for a year:                                                                                                                                                                           majorities. Edwards voted         as an attempt “to overcome
                                                  son, festival director at Floyd
how to replace Blacksburg                                                                                                                                                                              against the bill before then-     broad, Republican support”
                                                  Fandango.
High School after its gym col-                                                                                                                                                                         Gov. Tim Kaine amended it,        that Nutter has received for
                                                     For events such as this one,
lapsed and, at the same time,                                                                                                                                                                          at which point he voted for it.   his campaign.
                                                  which hosted 6,000 people last
give long-awaited new or                                                                                                                                                                               Nutter consistently voted in          Nutter noted that the
                                                  year for attractions including
updated schools to families in                                                                                                                                                                         favor of the bill’s passage.      2007 transportation package
                                                  beer and wine tastings and the
the Auburn area, near Riner.                                                                                                                                                                              Since it was passed, the       has been in place for several
                                                  sale of leather drinking glass
   The Montgomery County                                                                                                                                                                               law has encountered its share     years.
                                                  slings, it is especially impor-                     Josh Taylor of Pulaski and Abby Eastman of Dublin enjoy the
Board of Supervisors still                                                                            atmosphere under the beer tent at Floyd Fandango.                                                of problems. It contained the         “However, concerns have
                                                  tant to prevent accidents.
must decide how to pay for                                                                                                                                                                             “abusive driver” fees that        arisen recently by some that
                                                     When Floyd Fest, the big
the schools. The board has set                                                                                                                                                                         were later repealed by the        this legislation could be used
                                                  sister of Floyd Fandango,                           On Saturday, children sun-
aside money for a small frac-                                                                                                                                 Floyd Fandango                           General Assembly, as well         by international organiza-
                                                  started in 2002, residents                          bathed and played in swing
tion of the cost already and has                                                                                                                                                                       as the creation of regional       tions to deprive property
                                                  and law enforcement officers                         sets, in a water tank, and on a
discussed funding the rest —                                                                                                                                  WHAT: Acts include Anders                transportation authorities        owners of their rights,” Nut-
                                                  from nearby Floyd and Pat-                          mean mechanical bull.
about $96 million — by selling                                                                                                                                Osborne, These United States             that were ruled unconsti-         ter said. “I oppose any effort
                                                  rick counties publicly fretted                          People who planned to
municipal bonds backed with                                                                                                                                   and Dangermuffin. Drinks                  tutional by the Virginia          like Agenda 21 to deprive
                                                  over orderly traffic flow. The                        drive — such as Franzak, who
a real estate tax increase.                                                                                                                                   from more than 25 wineries               Supreme Court.                    Virginians of their property
                                                  National Park Service, which                        is a forester for a utility com-                        and breweries.
   Two financing options                                                                                                                                                                                   The urban development          rights and have voted to put
                                                  patrols the Blue Ridge Park-                        pany in southern Maryland,
include tax increases in 2013 by                                                                                                                              WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Today            areas, required in the bill for   into the Virginia Constitu-
                                                  way, has deployed additional                        got free non-alcoholic drinks
either 10 cents or 13 cents per                                                                                                                                                                        localities with a growth rate     tion limitations on local
                                                  officers, netting about 50                           from coolers for designated                             WHERE: Rock Castle Gorge
$100 assessed property value,                                                                                                                                                                          of 5 percent and a popula-        governments from taking
                                                  citations and one year pull-                        drivers.                                                Road, off milepost 170.5, Blue
according to financial advis-                                                                                                                                  Ridge Parkway, near Floyd                tion of at least 20,000, were     personal property under
                                                  ing over Floyd County Sheriff                           “It’s a very well behaved
ers. A 10-cent increase would                                                                                                                                                                          included with the rationale       eminent domain.”
                                                  Shannon Zeman, who hap-                             crowd,” said Patrick County                             COST: Beverage tasters
amount to a $977 annual tax                                                                                                                                                                            that better planning for new          Nutter noted he voted for
                                                  pened to be driving on the                          Sheriff’s Sgt. Elbert Cassady,                          $25 advance, $30 gate;
on a $115,000 home, $115 more                                                                                                                                                                          development could ulti-           a bill earlier this year that
                                                  parkway.                                            who patrolled the grounds                               designated drivers and ages
than this year’s rate. A 13-cent                                                                                                                                                                       mately reduce transporta-         would make urban develop-
                                                     Since then, tensions have                        with two other deputies.                                13-20, $15 advance, $20 gate;
increase would be equal to                                                                                                                                                                             tion costs.                       ment zones optional instead
                                                  defused and festival organiz-                       “Nobody wants to go to jail.                            children 6-12, $5 advance, $8
$150 in additional taxes for the                                                                                                                              gate; free to children 5 and                The Roanoke Tea Party,         of mandatory. Although that
                                                  ers say they have cultivated                        People who come here are
same value home.                                                                                                                                              younger with paying adult.               along with other tea party        bill passed the House, it died
                                                  relationships with local com-                       very calm. They’re just here
   In past years, the county                                                                                                                                                                           groups, sees the requirement      on a party-line vote in a Sen-
                                                  munities and emphasized                             to have a good time with their                          MORE: www.floydfandango.com
has stuck to smaller tax rate                                                                                                                                                                          as a power grab by the fed-       ate committee.
                                                  their event is family-friendly.                     friends and family.”
changes, such as the 2-cent
increase this year that set the
tax at 75 cents.
   The private group that may
be hired with this contract
includes construction firm
Branch & Associates Inc.,
and RRMM Architects, both
of Roanoke, and designers
                                                  CASEY:                       Midway games, sideshows dying traditions
SHW Group from Charlottes-                        FROM 1                                              ter explained. He knows this                          low named Bob Pinson, who                     Like everything else, the      shot in Jamaica.
ville. The group would work                                                                           because of surveys every few                          recently died.                             fair is constantly changing.          Anyway, in the subculture
with the school district under                    smartest and most effective                         years.                                                   “You all have a higher                  Of course, greasy funnel          of carnivals, “sideshows are
public-private guidelines, a                      municipal civil servant in                             Unlike my snobby pal,                              propensity of women who                    cakes are a constant, and so      all but dead,” he declared.
process that has emphasized                       North America.                                      Harveycutter said he respects                         wear their underwear on the                are overpriced cotton candy,          Which is understandable,
negotiation and expedited                            “Are you talking about the                       the folks who show up.                                outside than anywhere else,”               ice cream and soft drinks, and    at least for the Salem Fair.
planning and replaced the                         people who come to the fair?”                          “We have the affluent, and                          Pinson once confided to Har-                the rides.                            Who needs a sideshow
district’s traditional design-                    he asked.                                           the nonaffluent,” he said. To                          veycutter.                                    But this year, there are       with all the fascinating-look-
bid-build approach to con-                           “That’s it!” I exclaimed.                        his credit, not once did he                              Saunders said he already                fewer carny games than in         ing people walking around
tracting.                                            “They are a microcosm,”                          use terms such as “freak,”                            has taken baby steps toward                the past, Harveycutter said.      who you can gawk at for
   The district chose to pursue                   he replied with the diplomacy                       “yahoo,” “knuckle-dragger”                            developing my people-watch-                And there are no sideshow         free?
a public-private agreement                        of an ambassador to China.                          or the phrase, “people who                            ing idea.                                  booths where you can pay 50           See you on the midway. I’ll
rather than a lowest-bidder                          The Salem Fair draws                             look like they’ve crawled out                            For this year’s fair, he’s              cents to see a bearded lady or    have my eyes peeled.
contracting process this year                     people from a 170-mile radi-                        from under a rock.”                                   installed a 24-foot sitting                the world’s tiniest woman.
because of promises that it                       us that includes southern                              But he did recall the                              bench just opposite the bath-                 The latter, Harveycutter         Dan Casey’s column runs
could save time and money in                      West Virginia and northern                          words of one longtime fair                            rooms. This will be prime                  noted sadly, retired from the         Sunday, Tuesday and
building the three schools.                       North Carolina, Harveycut-                          T-shirt and cap vendor, a fel-                        viewing territory for sure.                road because her husband got               Thursday.




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ROANOKE VALLEY
Sites collecting old
meds for safe disposal
   Unused or expired medi-
cations can be turned in for
safe disposal as part of the
second annual National Pre-
scription Drug Take-back Day
on April 30.
   The event runs from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fol-
lowing locations:
   n Roanoke Civic Center
   n Salem Police Depart-
ment
   n Daleville Kroger in
Botetourt County
   n Tanglewood Kroger in
Roanoke County
   The medications will
be destroyed by local law
enforcement and U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration
agents.
   The event is sponsored
by Roanoke Area Youth Sub-
stance Abuse Coalition, West-
ern Virginia Water Authority,
Prevention Council of Roa-
noke County, DEA, Roanoke
Police Department, Roanoke
County Police Department,
Salem Police Department
and the Botetourt County
Sheriff’s Office.                                                                                                                                              STEPHANIE KLEIN-DAVIS | The Roanoke Times
                                                    Rocky Mount Police Chief David Cundiff (in red) listens as Shannon Moore (left), sales manager for L-3 Communications Mobile-
         — The Roanoke Times                        Vision, shows surveillance cameras to Cundiff’s staff. Craig Sloan (right), sergeant of investigations, checks out an infrared camera.




                                        Police chief updates force
ROANOKE
Runner who collapsed
gets medal for race
   A 64-year-old man from
Northern Virginia who col-
lapsed near the finish line
of Saturday’s Blue Ridge
Marathon received a finisher
medal Wednesday from the               David Cundiff was hired to be Rocky Mount’s temporary police chief, but his advances could bring long term benefits.
doctor who he credits with
saving his life.                                   By Janelle Rucker              Cundiff’s focus.                         VHS tapes, Cundiff said, a prob-           that the use of an experienced
   Ed Deitch, who fell on                     janelle.rucker@roanoke.com             Last week, he introduced two          lem because VHS tapes are getting          law enforcement officer in a part
Norfolk Avenue, is expected                             981-3159                  new four-legged members of the           harder and harder to find.                  time capacity is a great way to get
to be released from Carilion
                                                                                  department — the town’s first K-              “It’s been a good challenge            results,” Ervin said in email. “The
Roanoke Memorial Hospital
                                         ROCKY MOUNT — In 10                      9 unit.                                  bringing forth programs to benefit          savings to the Town in total costs
today, said John Carlin, an
                                      months, the town police depart-                “We had them [the dogs] in            the community,” Cundiff said. “And         and the benefit of getting a more
organizer of the marathon.
                                      ment has faced challenges and               the county and saw what valuable         it’s been an opportunity to extract        experienced leader make it a great
   Deitch began training
                                      advancements.                               assets they were to the commu-           from the guys here their knowl-            solution for smaller communi-
for the half-marathon about
                                         Soon after David Cundiff was             nity,” Cundiff said.                     edge and techniques they’ve had            ties.”
                  three years
                                      hired as the temporary, part-time              The dogs are trained in track-        dormant. There are some sharp                 The part-time status allows
                  ago. He ran
                                      police chief in June, there was a           ing and narcotics searches. Officers      officers here.”                             former law enforcement officers
                  the race with
                                      large break-in at an area grocery           were so on board with the idea that          When he was hired, Cundiff,            to work with a department with-
                  his daughter,
                                      store and $8,000 in cigarettes was          they volunteered to purchase the         who also serves on the county              out losing their state retirement
                  who lives in
                                      stolen. Then there was the accident         dogs themselves.                         board of supervisors and has a             benefits.
                  Vinton.
                                      that killed two town firefighters,               Officers have received gang            farm in Union Hall, said he didn’t            Cundiff is looking forward to
                      He said
                                      followed by two armed robberies             intelligence training and the            know if he wanted the job to be            restoring his ranks to full capacity.
Ed Deitch         he was feel-
                                      and six bomb threats in town.               department has joined Operation          permanent.                                 With Mollin’s departure, the resig-
                  ing so good
                                         “It’s been a challenge,” he said.        Blue Ridge Thunder — now known               “I’m just trying to help them out,     nation of one officer and the inju-
that he decided to pick up the
                                         Cundiff was hired after Erik             as the Southern Virginia Internet        and we’ll see what happens after           ries of two others, Cundiff has been
pace for the last 100 yards,
                                      Mollin stepped down from the                Crimes Against Children Task             that,” he said at the time.                operating with as few as 14 officers
but made it only about 10
                                      post.                                       Force started by Bedford County              When he took the role, Cundiff         in a department that’s supposed to
steps before falling.
                                         Cundiff had spent 30 years               — Cundiff said.                          said he told town officials it would        have 21.
   Medics performed CPR
                                      with the Franklin County Sheriff’s             He was able to get the county to      take at least a year to bring the             Cundiff promoted longtime
on the scene before he was
                                      Office, retiring as a lieutenant.            donate an old rescue squad vehicle       department up to date.                     department officer Roger Williams
taken by ambulance to the
                                         Mollin was serving as a captain          that has been transformed into a             The town advertised the perma-         as assistant chief to help with day-
hospital.
                                      in the Rocky Mount department               mobile command unit, equipped            nent, full-time position last year         to-day operations while he works
   Dr. Karen Alldredge, who
                                      when Cundiff arrived, but Mollin            with computers and communica-            with a salary between $60,000 and          on obtaining equipment upgrades
revived him with a defibril-
                                      left earlier this year to work for a        tion devices.                            $70,000, but will now look to make         and training. He also hired Todd
lator in the ambulance, pre-
                                      private company overseas.                      In his first budget with the town,     the permanent position a part-time         Maxey, a former co-worker in the
sented him the award at his
                                         Cundiff works 32 hours a week            he included money for new video          one.                                       sheriff ’s office to head the town’s
hospital bed Wednesday.
                                      and makes $60,000, with no ben-             recording devices and updated                “Given the Town of Dumfries’           investigations unit.
   Deitch suffered two
                                      efits, said Town Manager James               laptops and software for police          success with this approach and the            “Everything’s falling into place,”
blocked arteries.
                                      Ervin.                                      cruisers.                                great job Mr. Cundiff has done in          Cundiff said. “This has really been a
   He said he plans to run in
                                         Updating the department’s                   Two of the town’s in-car video        guiding the Rocky Mount Police             team effort. Everyone has listened.
next year’s race.
                                      equipment and training has been             recording devices still record to        Department, the Town believes              … Every officer has stepped up.”
                 — Sheila Ellis




Disabled veterans deserve a place to park
    Bob Hambrick of Roanoke eral employees. Sometimes                    in all of the teeth-gnashing       employs 428 workers in           there will not be designated                    Instead, we treat them like
got blown up by a land mine the pay lot across Franklin                  and recriminations over that       downtown Roanoke.                handicapped parking around                      a little kid who whines for
in Vietnam. It broke more Road was full.                                 building’s pending $51 million        “I’ve spent years trying      the building because of home-                   more candy. We act like we
bones in his body than                      So Hambrick would            (or more) renovation: There        to keep downtown Roanoke         land security requirements                      wish they would shut up.
not, and since 1970 he’s                 park his car down on            still won’t be any parking for     vibrant,” said Goodlatte, R-     following 9/11,” Thompson                          They can’t even get a hand-
been a fully disabled                    Luck Avenue near                disabled veterans once the         Roanoke County. “And one of      said. No other public park-                     icapped parking space outside
veteran.                                 Oakey’s Funeral Ser-            work is done.                      the ways to do that is to keep   ing either.                                     a VA office after a $51 million
    Now 63, Hambrick                     vice, almost three                  This has raised the dander     workers downtown.”                  The VA has applied to the                    (perhaps more) renovation.
remembers well his six                   blocks away. On his             of Joe Dannel, 64, another            Kevin      Thompson,      a   city to create three handi-                        I’m just struck by the image
or so visits to the U.S. Dan Casey crutches, he’d struggle               partially disabled veteran         spokesman for the regional       capped spots along Jefferson                    of Bob Hambrick, the disabled
Department of Veter-                     up a short hill along           who lives in Vinton. He asked      VA office, said the idea has      Street, outside the former                      vet and cancer survivor, park-
                             dan.casey
ans Affairs regional @roanoke.com Third Street, past First               an interesting question: Why       been considered, but reject-     Stone Printing building. It’s                   ing outside Oakey’s on Luck
office back in 2009, after    981-3423    Baptist Church, then            can’t the feds move the VA         ed by the General Services       one of four temporary offices                    Avenue and struggling on
11 months of treatment                   down to Franklin.               regional offices to the Veter-      Administration in Washing-       the agency will occupy during                   crutches over to the Poff Fed-
for cancer.                            Eventually he’d make it to        ans Affairs Medical Center         ton, the keeper of the Poff      the Poff renovation. But once                   eral Building for his appoint-
    The memories are not fond the Poff Building, where he’d              complex in Salem?                  Building, the VA medical         VA workers move back into                       ments.
ones.                               wrestle with the revolving               It would be a one-stop         complex and other federal        Poff, disabled vets will once                      Don’t he and the area’s
    He was weak from radia- doors. They’re no fun when                   shop for veterans. There’s         property. Thompson said he       again be out of luck.                           other disabled vets — at the
tion and chemotherapy and you’re winded and wielding                     plenty of land there. A new        couldn’t elaborate on that          When you think about it,                     very least — deserve a nearby
he had a bad foot, the result crutches.                                  office building for the VA          decision Wednesday.              this is a pretty good indicator                 parking space?
of another surgery.                    “To be honest with you,           probably would cost far less          Let’s assume for a minute     about the value this country
    Hambrick needed to use it hurt,” Hambrick told me                    than the Poff Building’s con-      there are many great and         places on its military veter-                     Dan Casey’s column runs
crutches for each of those vis- Tuesday. “Sometimes, I didn’t            troversial makeover.               wonderful reasons for keep-      ans.                                               Tuesday, Thursday and
its, for the purpose of updat- think I was going to make it.”                And there could be close-      ing the VA offices in the Poff       We pay them some homage                               Sunday.
ing his VA records. But there          There’s been no handi-            in parking reserved for dis-       Building.                        on Veterans Day, but most of
was no handicapped parking capped parking at the Poff                    abled veterans.                       What about creating some      the rest of the time we forget
for veterans at the Poff Fed- Building or any other federal                  U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte,       parking for disabled veterans    them.                                                      Join the discussion
eral Building in downtown courthouse since the Oklaho-                   the fiercest critic of the Poff     as part of the renovation?          They put their lives on the                               with columnist
Roanoke.                            ma City bombing in 1995.             renovation, said it’s not that        It’s not going to happen,     line, and in return all they                                   Dan Casey
    All of the Poff ’s parking         And here’s a little detail        simple.                            Thompson said.                   want is for this country to                        at blogs.roanoke.com/
spaces are reserved for fed- that perhaps has gotten lost                    The VA regional office             “I was told by the GSA that   deal with them half-decently.                             dancasey.




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FEBRUARY 17, 2011
                                                                                  VIRGINIA   T H U R S D AY                                                                                                         THE ROANOKE TIMES 11



ROANOKE
Class on grants set
for nonprofit groups
   Members of nonprofit
organizations that serve
Roanoke residents can
receive free lessons in
applying for federal grants
later this month.
   A class scheduled for
Feb. 25 is part of a commu-
nity outreach effort by the
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
Western District of Virginia,
which has been seeking to
connect community groups
to federal resources and to
support crime-prevention
efforts.
   “We hope that this pro-
gram provides support for
nonprofit organizations. …
These groups do so much to
make neighborhoods safer
and stronger,” U.S. Attorney
Tim Heaphy said in a state-
ment.
   The class is to be held at
the Higher Education Center
in Roanoke, organized with
the Council of Community
Services.
   Representatives            of
groups from outside Roa-
noke also may take the class,
but must pay a fee. Preregis-
tration is required for all. For
information: www.nrcspring
2011.eventbrite.com.

              — Mike Gangloff
                                                                                                                                                                                                STEPHANIE KLEIN-DAVIS | The Roanoke Times
COVINGTON                             Amy Hernandez, 6, checks out the new charm that Na Mareon Hunter, 7, received from Hurt Park Elementary School Principal Julie Gilliam at the end of a
                                      school day in January. Gilliam uses the plastic, colorful charms as incentives to motivate the students to accomplish various feats.
Injured CSX worker




                                        Kids string up successes
remains in hospital
    A CSX railroad employee
who suffered serious injuries
Feb. 8 in a work-related acci-
dent in Covington remained
hospitalized Wednesday at
Carilion Roanoke Memorial
Hospital.
    Covington resident Alvin
“A.J.” Boguess, 24, was in
good condition Wednes-                  The principal at Hurt Park Elementary gives charms to students for good grades and perfect attendance.
day, according to hospital
spokesman Eric Earnhart.
    A week ago, Boguess was                      By Courtney Cutright           viously worked used charms in                                   Shen                                      Melton said probably is the most
in critical condition after the              courtney.cutright@roanoke.com      conjunction with a physical fit-                                         ando                              popular.
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accident, which was first                                981-3345                ness initiative. She suggested                                                  ve.                           Dafroze Hakizimana, 6, an Eng-
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reported at 7:19 p.m. Tues-                                                     buying ribbon-shaped charms for                               ACKS                                        lish Language Learning student
day to the Covington Police              Teachers and administrators at         Red Ribbon Week, a drug abuse                                                                             from Burundi, said she received the
Department.                           Hurt Park Elementary School in            prevention campaign, but Gilliam                                         Hurt Park                        thumbs up charm for “being a good
    Neither authorities nor           Roanoke wanted to a way to con-           right away recognized the charms                         Park
                                                                                                                                         Park
                                                                                                                                    Hurt Park           Elementary                        listener” and the red ribbon charm
CSX has released specific              nect with the students. Something         and bracelets would be popular all                    public
                                                                                                                                      public                                              for “saying ‘no’ to drugs.”
                                                                                                                                     housing
details about the accident.           inexpensive to engage, encourage          year long.                                                                                                    “The cool thing about this is
                                                                                                                                Salem
But the national website of           and excite the children.                     “I immediately thought of brav-                    Ave.                                                everybody’s is different,” Gilliam
the United Transportation                What the educators implement-          ery beads,” Gilliam said.                                                                                 said. “What they have is different
Union reported that Boguess           ed is simply charming.                       Her daughter, Lauren Bush,                                                                             from the child beside them.”
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“fell some 50 feet from a CSX            Hurt Park is using plastic, multi-     7, earned a “bravery bead” each                                                                               School board representative
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bridge into the Jackson River         colored charms to push students to        time she went to Carilion Clinic                                                                          Suzanne Moore said she was
while part of a three-person          succeed academically and socially.        Children’s Hospital, where she                                                                            impressed by the positive rein-
crew switching cars into the             “We were looking at some way of        was treated for leukemia. Lauren,                ROANOKE                                                  forcement tactic.
                                      trying to get the kids motivated and      who finished chemotherapy eight                                          Patter                                “It may not work in every school,
MeadWestvaco paper mill in                                                                                                                                    son Av
Covington.”                           excited about different things,” said     months ago, filled two long neck-                                                    e.                    but it works in that school,” she
                                                                                                                                                           The Roanoke Times
    The union represents              Crystal Melton, the second-grade          laces and has beads left over.                                                                            said.
many railroad and transpor-           teacher who proposed the idea to             “It was something difficult for                                                                             Lauren, a second-grade student,
tation workers in the United          Principal Julie Gilliam.                  her, and the beads were an incen-            is a high-five, purple 100 is for the                         earlier this school year begged her
States and Canada.                       The students string necklaces          tive to get through it, like the bright      100th day of school, orange thumbs                           mom to bring her home an A-plus
    Co-worker Dale Smith,             with brightly hued charms they            spot at the end of the tunnel,” Gil-         up is “just for doing something                              charm “just in case” she aced that
48, waded into the river that         earn for feats including perfect          liam said.                                   good,” Gilliam said. Each student’s                          day’s spelling test. Gilliam agreed
night to help rescue Boguess,         attendance and passing test scores           A cabinet in her office holds              bracelet contains a yellow dog tag                           because her daughter had struggled
according to the union and            to trying a new fruit or vegetable        stacked containers filled with a              with his or her name on it.                                  with spelling.
others. Smith declined last           in the school’s healthy snacks pro-       rainbow of beads. A bag of 250                   On Friday, Gilliam doled out                                 Lauren did earn an A. Her mom
week to talk about his role.          gram. So far this school year, Gil-       charms usually costs about $30,              hundreds of charms for benchmark                             said she thinks maybe it was that
    The Federal Railroad              liam has given away thousands of          or about 12 cents apiece. The royal          test scores, perfect attendance and                          little something to look forward to
Administration is investi-            charms.                                   blue paw print is for the school’s           citizenship awards. Each student                             that pushed Lauren to succeed. Gil-
gating the incident.                     A school where Melton pre-             husky mascot, the lime green hand            also gets a birthday charm, which                            liam sees it work at Hurt Park.

             — Duncan Adams




Mountaintop removal mining is the greatest thing going
    The coal industry has been company will need less coal to            Mountaintop removal also        sure and cholesterol. Thus,                         When those power plants                      guide jobs, and lures Yankee
harshly criticized in recent generate electricity.                    saves highway money.               mountaintop removal reduces                     burn coal removed from the                       anglers here.
years over the mining process           Which means the coal             Moving earth and building       deaths from heart attacks.                      mountain, one byproduct is                          In a nutshell, most of the
known as “mountaintop                     company won’t have to       bridges are the most expensive        You will never read this in                  sulfurous clouds, which fall in                  world’s problems could be
removal.”                                 remove the mountains.       parts of road-building, you        the New England Journal of                      the Northeast as acid rain.                      solved if we got busy and
    Environmental critics                    In that sneaky but       know. When coal companies          Medicine, though, because                           This has pretty much killed                  removed more mountaintops,
have gotten all the atten-                counterintuitive way,       blast away the hills and fill in    the pharmaceutical companies                    all the trout up there, which                    rather than continue to whine
tion and given mountain-                  mountaintop removal         the streams, all the major site    that make billions off choles-                  forces Yankee anglers to come                    about mountaintop removal.
top removal a bad rap.                    actually saves moun-        work is free.                      terol medicines have paid off                   down here to fly-fish. That’s                         All the above is rather com-
Nobody has explored its Dan Casey taintops, though this is               Cheaper highways mean           the coal mining companies to                    been a great boon for the recre-                 plex. So just remember this
many benefits.                 dan.casey   not widely understood.      transportation trust fund          shut up about it.                               ational fishing industry, which                   slogan:
    It’s time to even that @roanoke.com      Flattening the land-     revenues will stretch further,        Mountaintop removal also                     employs thousands of former                         You’ve got to remove those
score.                        981-3423    scape has other benefits.    which means less pressure to       creates huge, sprawling plains                  mom and pop store workers                        mountains to save them.
    The best thing about                  People save money on        raise gasoline taxes.              ideal for new Walmarts. New                     whose employers closed after                        Make sure you tell your
mountaintop removal is that gasoline because they’re not                 That is no great benefit for     Walmarts mean additional                        Walmart opened.                                  lawmakers.
it removes those shade-caus- driving up steep hills all the           Virginia, though, because the      local government revenue,                           So there you have it — all
ing mountains. Have you ever time. They also save money               state General Assembly will        which helps keep real estate                    the benefits of mountaintop                           Dan Casey’s column runs
lived on the east side of one on brake pads because they’re           never raise the gasoline tax       taxes down.                                     removal that critics have con-                    Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
of those in the winter? It gets not driving down them.                again, for any reason. But it         Just ask Roanoke County                      spired to hide.
darn cold when the sun drops            The side benefits include      might help in other states that    about that. The new Clear-                          It reduces heart attacks,
behind them about 2:30 in the reduced emissions of carbon,            have transportation-funding        brook Walmart has been                          global warming, lung cancer
afternoon.                           which causes global warm-        policies that are more sane.       open only a few weeks, and                      and highway-building hassles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Join the discussion
    Removing those mountains ing. Let’s keep that on the                 Flatter land also means         the county’s bean counters                      It helps keep a lid on taxes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with columnist
will warm people’s homes, down-low though, because                    easier bicycling. That means       already are acting like they                    heating bills (but not necessar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dan Casey
which will cause people to we wouldn’t want to upset                  more people will ride bikes,       won the lottery.                                ily sophistry).
use their electric heaters less, the pro-pollution crowd. You         which will get them in shape          Tourism is another benefit                        It spurs retail development,                      at blogs.roanoke.com/
which will mean the power know how they can get.                      and lower their blood pres-        of mountaintop removal.                         creates Walmart and fishing-                                  dancasey.




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APRIL 12, 2011
                                                                                        VIRGINIA        T U E S D AY                                                                                           THE ROANOKE TIMES 7




          A compromise on the                                                                                                                                                  Virginia is
                                                                                                                                                                               for lovers
          Ten Commandments?                                                                                                                                                    of weird
                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi! My name is Graham Smith and I need
                                                                                                                                                                               help with my state report. I am in fourth grade
                                                                                                                                                                               and my school is in Massachusetts. I’ve been so
                                                                                                                                                                               lucky to get the wonderful state of Virginia. I
                                                                                                                                                                                               am so excited to learn more about
                                                                                                                                                                                               the Old Dominion state so please
                                                                                                                                                                                               help me!
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most of the stuff we use to learn
                                                                                                                                                                                               about the state is kind of lame so I
                                                                                                                                                                                               want some really cool stuff to learn
                                                                                                                                                                                               about your amazing state. Some of
                                                                                                                                                                                 Dan Casey
                                                                                                                                                                                               the things that would be nice to get
                                                                                                                                                                                  dan.casey    is, this newspaper article, little sou-
                                                                                                                                                                                @roanoke.com
                                                                                                                                                                                   981-3423    venirs, post cards, maps, pictures,
                                                                                                                                                                                               general information, or any other
                                                                                                                                                                               items would be useful. Nothing alive or that can
                                                                                                                                                                               rot. Thank you for all your help.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sincerely
                                                                                                                                                                                    Graham Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Collins’ Class
                                                                                                                                                                                    Upham School
                                                                                                                                                                                    Wellesley, Mass. 02481
                                                                                                                                                                                    Dear Graham,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you for asking. You are right to be
                                                                                                                                                                               thrilled with your assignment, because the Old
                                                                                                                                                                               Dominion is indeed an amazing state.
                                                                                                                                                                                    I’ve lived here almost 17 years, and it still
                                                                                                                                                                               amazes me every day. I promise that none of
                                                                                                                                                                               what follows will be lame. Or rotting.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Virginia has only one “G” in it, but there are
                                                                                                                                   KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times
                                                                                                                                                                               three G’s that are very important down here.
                                                Attorney Bobby Lilly proposes to display the Ten Commandments in company with several other                                    The first two are God and guns. Most people
            Proposed                            historical documents. Lilly made this display board of his proposal to show the school board.
            wording                                                                                                                                                            love both.
                                                                                                                                                                                    It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that
            This is the proposed
            text for the Ten
                                                A Giles County parent wants schools to display a collection of founding                                                        in Roanoke, there’s a church on almost every
                                                                                                                                                                               street corner. The worst traffic in town is on
            Commandments section
            of a historical document
                                                documents that includes the controversial biblical list that has caused a stir.                                                Sundays after services let out.
            display that will be                                                                                                                                                    It would be a stretch to say there’s a gun
            discussed in Giles County                           By Katelyn Polantz                                                    newrivervalley.com                       store on every street corner. But just about any-
            Public Schools. The text                       katelyn.polantz@roanoke.com                               for ongoing coverage and to share your                    one can legally walk around almost anywhere
            comes from the New                                       381-1669                                        thoughts on the Ten Commandments                          in Virginia with a gun that’s in plain view. The
            King James Version of the                                                                                controversy.                                              right to hunt is in our constitution.
            Bible:                                  A Giles County father felt the vitriol in this                                                                                  Since July 1, Virginia has allowed concealed
            1. “I am the Lord your God,         year’s back-and-forth when the Ten Command-              and state without talking about one side of it,”                      guns in bars, and just last week our attorney
            who brought you out of              ments were removed from the county’s public              he said.                                                              general ruled that carrying a concealed gun
            the land of Egypt, out of           schools.                                                    ACLU of Virginia attorney Rebecca Glenberg                         is OK in church. You need a permit to carry
            the house of bondage. You               So Bobby Lilly found a possible compro-              questioned Monday how Lilly’s proposal contex-                        a concealed handgun, of course, but those are
            shall have no other gods            mise.                                                    tualizes the commandments.                                            ridiculously easy to get. You can get one even if
            before Me.”                             The attorney with a second-grade daughter               “I see here a bunch of documents related to                        you’ve never touched a gun in your life.
            2. “You shall not make              at Narrows Elementary School wants the district          U.S. history and one religious document,” she                              The third “G” is for gays. Many people in
            for yourself a carved               to hang a “civics lesson” of sorts in its hallways       said.                                                                 Virginia do not love them. Unlike Massachu-
            image, or any likeness of           — a display of nine American government doc-                The ACLU of Virginia and Wisconsin-based                           setts, gays can’t marry in Virginia. They’re
            anything that is in heaven          uments, historical texts and symbols, including          Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened                           also barred by the Virginia constitution from
            above, or that is in the
                                                New King James Bible’s wording of the Ten Com-           the lawsuit that’s kept the commandments off                          entering into marriagelike contracts. Even
            earth beneath, or that is in
            the water under the earth;          mandments.                                               school walls since February.                                          Utah allows those.
            you shall not bow down to               “The whole point of doing this was to make              Glenberg said the ACLU will evaluate any                                It’s also legal in Virginia to discriminate
            them nor serve them. For            this not inflammatory,” he said last week.                decision the board makes on Lilly’s proposal and                      against gays in other ways. Some state univer-
            I, the Lord your God, am a              “I did it because I was a parent. Because I was a    will discuss it with their clients in Giles County.                   sities had policies barring job discrimination
            jealous God, visiting the           citizen and had family and friends and neighbors            “One of the questions from a constitutional                        against gays. But our attorney general wrote
            iniquity of the fathers on          caught up in this polarizing debate.”                    standpoint is what is the intent? Is the intent reli-                 those colleges stern letters warning that those
            the children to the third               Displays of the commandments have gone up            gious or secular?” Glenberg said.                                     policies are unlawful.
            and fourth generations              and down in Giles County Public Schools since               The Supreme Court decided a case in 2005,                               It’s OK for gays to own guns, though — at
            of those who hate Me,               December, when a secular group first pressured            McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky, that                             least so far.
            but showing mercy to
            thousands, to those who
                                                the district to remove them, to the outrage of           the commandments shouldn’t be part of a his-                               Next we will tackle the Civil War, which is
            love Me and keep My                 hundreds of citizens.                                    torical display when earlier displays promoted                        a big deal here. As you may know, our state
            Commandments.”                          Toting a red tri-fold poster board, Lilly gave       religion.                                                             capital, Richmond, was also capital of the
                                                the controversy new legs at the last school board           But Liberty Counsel founder Mathew Staver                          Confederacy.
            3. “You shall not take the
            name of the Lord your
                                                meeting.                                                 said Lilly’s display would be constitutional,                              Your Yankee teachers may have taught you
            God in vain, for the Lord               He proposed a display of framed 8-by-10-             because of a federal court of appeals decision in                     the Civil War is over. That is not quite accurate.
            will not hold him guiltless         inch copies of the Mayflower Compact, Virginia            2010. That decision, called ACLU of Kentucky v.                       Down here, many folks are still fuming about
            who takes His name in               Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Inde-          Grayson County, allows the Ten Commandments                           it, 150 years later. Some still call it “the War of
            vain.”                              pendence, U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the        to hang among other historical documents in a                         Northern Aggression,” spurred by Massachu-
            4. “Remember the                    Magna Carta, sheet music of “The Star-Spangled           courthouse.                                                           setts businessmen who were jealous about the
            Sabbath day, to keep it             Banner” and a picture of Lady Justice, with her             The Liberty Counsel has advised the Giles                          South’s inexpensive labor.
            holy. Six days you shall            blindfold and scales.                                    County school system since the debate flared                                They will argue forever that the war was all
            labor and do all your work,             But the school district and others are most          earlier this year.                                                    about states’ rights rather than slavery.
            but the seventh day is              concerned with the Ten Commandments, which                  School board Chairman J.B. Buckland received                            Like in Massachusetts, there’s a lot of sci-
            the Sabbath of the Lord             would hang near the bottom left of the cluster,          the specifics about Lilly’s proposal last week.                        entific research down here, especially at the
            your God. In it you shall           next to the Virginia Statute for Religious Free-            “We’re not considering the Ten Command-                            University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and
            do no work: you, nor your           dom. The pairing of these two texts, Lilly says,         ments — this is historical documents,” he said,                       at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
            son, nor your daughter,             would promote tolerance and show students they           clarifying the difference he sees between the                              But lately, some scientists are being extra
            nor your male servant,
            nor your female servant,
                                                have the right to believe what they choose.              previous display and this one.                                        careful. They’re concerned that our attor-
            nor your cattle, nor your               Lilly, 44, serves as assistant commonwealth’s           Buckland said the district hadn’t finished                          ney general, Ken Cuccinelli, may investigate
            stranger who is within              attorney in Pulaski County, and weighed his legal        reviewing the proposal, and a vote isn’t on an                        them for fraud if he doesn’t like their research
            your gates. For in six              training with his Methodist faith and involvement        agenda for the board’s meeting this afternoon.                        results. He’s doing that right now with an inter-
            days the Lord made the              in the education of his daughter, Meredith.                 The Giles County School Board meets at the                         nationally known climate scientist who moved
            heavens and the earth,                  “The lawyer side of me aside, the common             school administration office in Pearisburg at                          to Penn State a long time ago.
            the sea, and all that is            sense side of me says you can’t talk about church        4 p.m.                                                                     One day, if Cuccinelli ever attains national
            in them, and rested the                                                                                                                                            office, he may do that in Massachusetts, too.
            seventh day. Therefore the                                                                                                                                         In which case Harvard will probably move to
            Lord blessed the Sabbath                                                                                                                                           Toronto.
            day and hallowed it.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    Like most places, Virginia has some famous
            5. “Honor your father and                                                                                                                                          restaurants. One of the most famous is right
            your mother, that your                                                                                                                                             here in Roanoke.
            days may be long upon                                                                                                                                                   This landmark has only 10 seats, and it
            the land which the Lord
            your God is giving you.”
                                                                                                                                                                               serves “chile” that is unlike any I’ve ever eaten
                                                                                                                                                                               elsewhere. Opinions of the stuff run the gamut;
            6. “You shall not murder.”                                                                                                                                         people feel as strongly about it as they do the
            7. “You shall not commit                                                                                                                                           War of Northern Aggression.
            adultery.”                                                                                                                                                              The restaurant is called Texas Tavern, and
            8. “You shall not steal.”                                                                                                                                          I’m enclosing a TT bumper sticker, key chain,
                                                                                                                                                                               and fridge magnet for your report.
            9.“You shall not bear false
            witness against your
                                                                                                                                                                                    I know — it’s kind of weird that a famous
            neighbor.”                                                                                                                                                         Virginia restaurant is named after another
                                                                                                                                                                               state.
            10. “You shall not covet                                                                                                                                                But hey, there’s lots that’s weird, and won-
            your neighbor’s house;
                                                                                                                                                                               derful, about Virginia.
            you shall not covet your
            neighbor’s wife, nor his
            male servant, nor his                                                                                                                                               Dan Casey’s column runs Tuesday, Thursday
            female servant, nor his                                                                                                                                                            and Sunday.
            ox, nor his donkey, nor
            anything that is your                                                                                                 MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times                                Join the discussion with Dan Casey
            neighbor’s.”                        A truck trailer with a Ten Commandments message stands parked in a private field on the edge of                                                   at blogs.roanoke.com/dancasey.
                                                the town of Pearisburg in Giles County earlier this month.




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