Congress should halt national forest salesWell, we all know where Boucher's "every effort" hasn't been. Now we at least know where his "every effort" will be going forward. He's going to do his damnest to preserve those 121 acres of uninhabited, untouched, unproductive, unworthy national forest land up in Roanoke County - in Congressman Bob Goodlatte's district.
Boucher, a Democrat, represents Virginia's 9th Congressional District.
Evidencing a continued disregard of the value of national forest land, the Bush administration is now proposing an unprecedented sale of these public assets to finance general government operations. I strongly oppose this unwise proposal and will make every effort to assure that it is rejected by the Congress. [emphasis mine](link)
I don't know whether to scream or to cry. Or to simply demand his resignation and ask the people of the 9th Congressional District to find someone to replace him who is more in touch with the many problems with which we contend.
Rick, I know your impending marriage has gotten you distracted from the day-to-day but in case you haven't heard, your constituency has suffered another in a long series of plant closings. Galax was already reeling from plant shutdowns at Vaughan Furniture and Webb Furniture, throwing hundreds of people out of work, and Sara Lee announced last week that it is laying off 332 workers at its National Textiles plant there.
I know those 121 acres of weeds up in Roanoke County demand attention but your every effort? Can you spare an effort or two to help us fix the problems that plague your district? Maybe stop the bleeding? Help bring vitality back to this tormented region? Save our few remaining employers?
Let me put it in terms you'll understand, Rick. If this economic trend continues and much of Southwest Virginia continues to depopulate, the result of area residents - your constituents - packing their bags and heading north looking for gainful employment, come 2010 census time the state of Virginia may very well have to redraw its House districts and your ass will be out of a job. Finally. You'll assuredly then be able to devote your every effort to saving those trees to the north.
Until then though, the whole time you focus your "every effort" on saving some wasteland up in Roanoke County, Galax is fast becoming one. Shameful, Rick. Shameful.