Editorial: In the 6th, vote for ThomasReally? His positions are independent of - different from - those of his Party? He hasn't turned out to be your run-of-the-mill tax-and-spend Democrat?
A retired judge offers independence of thought that the incumbent just doesn't show.
The retired juvenile court judge [Thomas] has maintained the independence that he cultivated while on the bench and is proud that he won't be "obliged to vote a certain way." (link)
Make the case.
Thomas understands the difficulties already in collecting fines and the futility of trying to collect even larger civil penalties, especially from people who can't afford huge fees.This is beyond pathetic. And they had weeks to come up with it.
He believes the General Assembly will need to revisit transportation funding in 2008 and said he would look for "fair, reliable sources."
He strikes us as thoughtful and dispassionate in his examination of issues, and promises to be a delegate who will carefully weigh the repercussions of legislation in lieu of casting a vote in the manner expected by his party.
Thomas is opposed to those abusive driver fees? So is every Democrat in the General Assembly (these days anyway).
Thomas believes the General Assembly needs to revisit transportation funding in 2008? So does every Democrat in the General Assembly.
Where's that "independence of thought?"
Maybe it's in the fact that the guy also wants to raise a host of taxes? Oddly, the Times endorsement doesn't mention this quote that appeared in a Roanoke Times video a month ago:
"I would propose an increase in gasoline taxes ..."That's "independence of thought?" I don't think so. Every Democrat in the commonwealth spews such "thoughts."
"I think it would be appropriate to put toll stations on the interstate where folks using the interstate highway system, be they local Virginia residents or out-of-state residents, can pay for the use of that road. If it keeps local people from using the interstate system ... then that just frees up more space for the out-of-state traveller ..."
So where is that independence of thought, fellas?
You had a whole lot of time to dream up a good reason (heaven forbid, a series of reasons) to endorse this Democrat. And you came up with this?
A better argument could easily be made that the incumbent, Republican Anne B. Crockett-Stark, has exhibited far more "independence of thought," having defied the powers that be in this state - every major newspaper (including the largest in Southwest Virginia), every head of our institutions of higher learning, the mainstream media (local, state, and national), the entire Democratic opposition, sitting Governors, former Governors, sitting Senators, sitting Congresspersons, half the Republican Senate delegation in Richmond, not to mention all the celebrities, and a large percentage of the citizenry - and fought them all to a draw on raising taxes on an already overtaxed populace.
Independence of thought. Coming from the always reliably independent-of-thought Roanoke Times. Spare me.