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Well Lackey has been sacked, but I’m not sure if that’s something to smile about or not. As a parent of two elementary school children in FC I haven’t really been informed of anything he’s done(except for the pricey cheese cakes)because our school district website has absolutely no information on it at all.
After reading the article in today’s paper though I am wondering why a county employee would need an $800/month car allowance? That’s more than my mortgage payment!! No wonder our high school kids can’t have laptops like Roanoke County students or Ipads like Henry County 4th and 5th graders; all of our money goes to replacing school buses and Lackey’s car expenses. I sure hope that the next elected leader will have decent education and technology plans for Franklin County schools.
I don’t understand the Franklin County School Board’s firing of Dr. Charles Lackey last night. I am hoping that more information will be coming out in the days ahead. All I have heard is about the stupid cheesecakes he ordered from New York for school board parties – big deal! Are we really firing a compentent and professional school leader for that?!
From the ever-loving Washington Post.
“Obama In Denial”
“I suspect that most people in Cincinnati and elsewhere would prefer an economic strategy that consists of something more than blame shifting and the systematic lowering of expectations.
Obama’s economic agenda is debilitated by a political problem. Announcing an ambitious new set of policy proposals would be an admission that previous approaches were insufficient — that the economy is not moving in the right direction.”
I have to agree with Mr. Gerson on that.
Sad…another local person killed in a car crash, who was not wearing their seatbelt.
It confounds me as to why anyone still fails to use them. There is simply no logical reason not to, even for the shortest of trips.
#1 – How many laptops and ipads will $800/month buy for students? From all I have seen Dr. Lackey’s pay is comparable to Superintendents of other area school districts. One problem is that there are a large number of people in FC who are jealous of anyone making more money than themselves. Never mind his education, training, and experience.
My perception is that Dr. Lackey is very good at his job, but rubbed people the wrong way due to a perceived arrogance. I have 4 children in Franklin County schools and I hope we choose a new superintendent based more ability/skills than on being humble and not having a taste for cheesecake.
Dan et al,
Just a reminder, here:
As I posted on an earlier thread, you are all invited to the VCDL Picnic this Saturday 7/14 at Green Hill Park, Roanoke County from 4 PM to 9 PM.
[Re-posted from a VA-ALERT with prior approval of VCDL]
Mark your calendars! VCDL is having an “Oh, yes we can!” picnic at a Roanoke County Park on Saturday, July 14th! Big turnout requested.
Roanoke has an ordinance on their books that is so poorly written as to be almost impossible to understand, but could easily be misconstrued to ban firearms in the County’s parks:
“15-8 (6) Hunting and firearms. … No person shall within a park use, carry or possess firearms, ammunition or combinations thereof, as expressly prohibited by statute, or air rifles, spring guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, bow and arrows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially dangerous to wildlife and to human safety or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device …”
EM Ed Levine communicated on behalf of VCDL with the County to fix the wording, but the County Attorney dug in his heals claiming that the wording and intent was quite clear. Yep – clear as mud. The bottom line is that the County CANNOT prohibit otherwise lawful open or concealed carry in their parks.
BIRTH OF A PICNIC
What better way to get a clarification on that ordinance than for VCDL to hold a very large picnic in a Roanoke County park and let the police (and press) know we are doing so? The VCDL Board voted to hold and fund the picnic and you are invited! Thanks to Board member Al Steed Jr. for making the park arrangements.
Green Hill Park, Roanoke County
2501 Parkside Drive
Salem, VA 24153
When: 4 PM to 9 PM, Saturday, July 14, 2012
Please RSVP with number attending to Al Steed Jr. at:
VCDL will providing the food. However, if you wish to bring a covered dish to share, we would be happy to have it! Let Al know if you are bringing something so he can keep track of what foods will be available.
VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL).
VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.
VCDL web page: http://www.vcdl.org [http://www.vcdl.org/]
Dave Hicks back here:
As discussed above, in Virginia, it is legal to carry at in a local goverment park *1 (as well State and National parks) — Open Carry or (with a recognized permit) Concealed Carry.
VCDL does not take a position on Open vs. Concealed carry — or even care if you attend our events w/o carrying. It’s your call.
However, a safety mishap, particularly with firearms, could expose the organization to liability issues and could significantly damage VCDL’s credibility as a pro-rights organization.
Therefore, at all VCDL-sponsored meetings, events, or gatherings, loaded firearms shall NOT be handled at any non-range sites — they will remain holstered or otherwise secured at all times.
As to Virginia Local goverment property, see:
§ 15.2-915. Control of firearms; applicability to authorities and local governmental agencies.
A. No locality shall adopt or enforce any ordinance, resolution or motion, as permitted by § 15.2-1425, and no agent of such locality shall take any administrative action, governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof other than those expressly authorized by statute. For purposes of this section, a statute that does not refer to firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, shall not be construed to provide express authorization.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit a locality from adopting workplace rules relating to terms and conditions of employment of the workforce. However, no locality shall adopt any workplace rule, other than for the purposes of a community services board or behavioral health authority as defined in § 37.2-100, that prevents an employee of that locality from storing at that locality’s workplace a lawfully possessed firearm and ammunition in a locked private motor vehicle. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a law-enforcement officer, as defined in § 9.1-101, from acting within the scope of his duties.
The provisions of this section applicable to a locality shall also apply to any authority or to a local governmental entity, including a department or agency, but not including any local or regional jail, juvenile detention facility, or state-governed entity, department, or agency.
B. Any local ordinance, resolution or motion adopted prior to the effective date of this act governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof, other than those expressly authorized by statute, is invalid.
C. In addition to any other relief provided, the court may award reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and court costs to any person, group, or entity that prevails in an action challenging (i) an ordinance, resolution, or motion as being in conflict with this section or (ii) an administrative action taken in bad faith as being in conflict with this section.
D. For purposes of this section, “workplace” means “workplace of the locality.”
I see that Obama is coming to Roanoke for a a “small grassroots event”…LOL.
I also see that the Obama camp is requiring that you get a ticket to attend.
Did Romney require that you get tickets to go see him in Salem? I don’t know if he did.
Like I said in my first post, I don’t why Lackey was fired. I’ve had very little dealings with him other than at the school volunteer orientation. I have no doubt that he is very educated, but education does not make up for bad judgement, which he certainly did use when purchasing cheesecakes from NY. There are many local bakeries in the area that make delicious cheesecakes that I’m sure would have benefited from the business.
As for your assumption that I am jealous that Lackey makes more than me I really don’t know how to respond to that. Sure, I’d like to make over $100k a year, and maybe once I graduate college I can try. However, that was not my point in the post. I agree that he should make a large salary as he has a very important job, but I think an $800/month car allowance is a bit much. What kind of car does one get for that much money a month? Even if you add in auto repair expenses and maintenance $800 is surely too large an amount for a car allowance in a county where the median family income is just $45k.
LC, you have to RSVP for the Romney event. . .dunno if they printed “tickets,” but they checked your name on that list.
LC @#3 your comment from the conservative Washington Post, by noted conservative Michael Gerson…slightly biased?
Some past articles written by Michael Gerson:
Obama In Denial By Michael Gerson (Jul 09, 2012)
Catholics Won’t Go Quietly By Michael Gerson (May 21, 2012)
The Conservative Showdown Yields a Winner By Michael Gerson (Apr 26, 2012
Obama’s Fog of Ambivalence By Michael Gerson (Mar 22, 2012)
Obama’s Epic Screw-Up By Michael Gerson (Feb 14, 2012)
Obama’s Catholic Strategy in Shambles By Michael Gerson (Nov 15, 2011
Obama Stumbling at the Gate By Michael Gerson (Aug 18, 2011)
I presume you get the idea – Gerson doesn’t like the President, so why should we look at his jaundiced viewpoint?
The Washington Post editorial page USED TO BE LIBERAL, many years ago when Meg Greenfield ran that show.
Now, it is indeed conservative-leaning (though not as rabid as the WSJ, or as crazy at The Washington Times). Anyone who’s done a fair analysis of it knows that.
#7 As Dan said, not sure there was an actual ticket, but it was the equivalent of a ticket. Generally, the primary purpose is to avoid having hundreds of people waiting for hours in vain. Seems like the decent thing to do.
Among recent presidents and candidates, Bush was the one who most severely restricted who could get in. He not only kept opponents out, he caged them blocks away when he could.
Dan, think you’ll make it to the VCDL picnic?
I just emailed Dave Hicks that I may make it — Zach and I may swing by there after Loch Haven. No promises, tho.
#15 Why is it you insist on demonstrating your kookiness so frequently, pammala?
And yet more birther craziness from pammalalala
Forget Obama, I want proof pammala is a human being.
I didn’t create the video idiots..
Daniella and gdork – you have new names too !!
Dan, I think you could just say “And yet more craziness from pammalalala” since that’s all she seems to contribute.
“Do you remember when the Bush tax cuts only benefited the rich? This point was repeated ad infinitum for years by nearly every Democrat in nearly every interview and Sunday political talk show. I can’t remember a single Democrat candidate arguing that “The Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans” were in any way beneficial for the middle class. Yet today, the president is running around claiming he’s generously extending something that for years we were told didn’t really exist.
In July of 2007, Senator Barack Obama stated that, “The Bush tax cuts — people didn’t need them, and they weren’t even asking for them, and they ought to be relaxed so we can pay for universal health care and other initiatives.” If the Bush tax cuts were useless to the middle class, what is Obama really offering them?”
So…which is it?
Why is he extending the very thing he has been BLAMING for the past 3.5 years of malaise 2.0?
#19 If you link to it with no comment, we assume you must agree with it. Are you saying you posted it instead because you think it’s such a crazy example of right-wing nuttiness.
The Bush tax cuts didn’t benefit ONLY the rich. Certain folks here are now saying that’s what the Democrats complained about. But either their memories are bad or selective or they’re telling falsehoods.
The complaint was that the lion’s share of the Bush tax cuts went to the rich/wealthy/advantaged, whatever you want to call them.
On average, the Bush tax cuts lowered the tax bills of the bottom tier of taxpayers by .3 percent, or 1/3 of one percent.
Meanwhile, on average they lowered the bills of the top 1 percent by 4.6 percent.
Thus, the top 1 percent got 15 times the PERCENTAGE tax cut as the bottom 20 percent did.
In real dollars however the difference could be much greater.
On average, someone in the bottom tier who paid $1,000 in federal incomes saved roughly $3 because of the Bush tax cuts.
However, someone who paid $1 million in federal income taxes saved $46,000 in taxes, on average, thanks to the Bush tax cuts.
In other words, they paid 1,000 times more taxes to the feds than the lower earner. But the cuts saved them 15,330 times as much.
Reposting this as I think I put it in a week old thread the first time.
Boy, I sure miss the republican primary debates. I was disappointed when Newt finally bankrupt his campaign. The last man standing was Mitt. Remember how Romney would stand there like a storefront mannequin modeling an $800 suit while the rest of the candidates shredded each other, all the while quietly winning primaries without doing any heavy lifting? He knew he wouldn’t make a mistake if he didn’t say too much.
Well, he’s gonna have to speak up a little more when he debates Obama.
At least when the TP/GOP folk don’t get it, it is in neon ten feet tall! WOW.
Tom Cruise and John Travolta have nothing on Mitt.
It is nice to see that our fearless leader is going to basically cause downtown Roanoke to shut down for a day.
Is his campaign going to compensate those hourly workers that will undoubtedly be out of a day’s pay because you can’t do anything downtown on Friday?
I doubt it.
That’s a great jobs strategy. Force a pay cut on somebody that can’t afford it, just so you can come run your mouth.
“Rick H. says:
That’s a great jobs strategy. Force a pay cut on somebody that can’t afford it, just so you can come run your mouth.
Posted on July 11th, 2012″
Every Presidential visit to any town or city causes that to happen.
Where does it say businesses will be closed? I would think any intrepid business owner would probably be reaping more traffic friday than a normal friday….
I’m sorry your precious parking spots will be closed, and you might actually have to walk a couple blocks more than normal, but I’m pretty sure it won’t kill you.
#28 Oh please, Rick H. Such silliness.
Where people can’t park, and get around, they don’t frequent the businesses. Such a disruption will cause significant harm to downtown businesses, no doubt. We’re not talking a couple of hours, we’re talking some of this from Thursday, 10 AM, until Friday 9:30 PM.
People will stay away from the area far longer than any influx of people will occur – particularly given that the ‘visit’ occurs after a lot of places have closed.
We’re not talking about a small area – we’re talking about a huge component of downtown Roanoke. There will be people working down there that WILL suffer economically.
If you don’t get that, you’re blind. Of course, you probably think the guy is doing a great job at growing jobs, too, and we have all seen that is definitely the case.
Having his presence in Roanoke is fine, but you do something like this, if you are a responsible candidate, not to mention President, where the least disruption to normal activities occurs.
Since there’s no Open Thread today…
I really thought VDOT had the blasting operations done to where no lane closures or detours would be needed because the blasting was happening far enough from the road that debris wouldn’t get blown onto 81 again.
I guess they screwed up, again. Though, it’s not really VDOT’s fault, per se, it’s the contractor, who seems to have an insane amount of difficulty handling explosive charges and the resultant debris.
#32 I’m sure you were equally upset when Romney disrupted things in Salem, wren’t you, Rick H?
OJ (and Dave Hicks)
Sorry about that. I inadvertently mid-skedded the Wednesday OPEN thread. It’s up now.
No problem, Dan…
As for Obama’s visit, a Saturday event would have been far less disruptive, but I’m pretty sure any city that hosts a candidate or sitting President probably feels the same sort of disruption.
I think I’d prefer that they just handled stuff via Skype, that way I could turn them off and keep going about daily business as usual. Would save a ton of money too…the amount being spent on this campaign is absolutely ridiculous.
Obama could have scheduled his visit for an open field somewhere in the middle of Franklin County and the Republicans would have n
bitched brcause he was disrupting the routines of the rabbits, cows and local moonshiners. Obama haters are Obama haters and nothing he does will ever satisfy them.
You are obviously the one who is blind, by your partisan politics.
There will be more people downtown on a friday night with the roads closed than there will be with the roads and parking open, simply because Obama will be there. That’s pretty much a fact. You’re going to get maybe 70-80% of your normal Friday Traffic (conservative estimate) plus all the people coming down just to see him. I’m betting that will put it well over 100%.
Oh woe is me, there’s no parking. Give me a break. You’re just reaching for an excuse.
Or you could have folks like me who seldom frequent downtown Roanoke arriving… and seeing the sights….and needing to get a bite to eat afterwards…and …
Rick H to the President;”get off my lawn!!!”
gdad, at least Romney was a little more (no, a lot more) out of the way, but yes, the same holds true for both sides. This could be Ronald Reagan, and I’d have a beef with it.
I remember going to see President Carter, on a similar campaign stop in the Tri-Cities – he did it at the airport – landed, said his piece, took off and went somewhere else. He didn’t disrupt the entire area.
He sucked as a President, but by damn, he knew how not to screw up the world when he came to town.
Hey scott – guess what? Most of the businesses will be closed when those people are there. Do you not realize that? Not much stays open after 5, except the bars, and the appearance is at 7 PM on Friday.
He’s forcing a shut down, diversion, detour, whatever you want to call it, in some cases, beginning on THURSDAY! What is going to happen to those places that people will avoid, or not be able to get to? They lose business. One of the main parking garages is off limits, for crying out loud.
This is not partisan politics. It is stupidity. What it is is a showboating sideshow . . . all because Romney was here a couple weeks ago.
I hope the kool aid tastes good that some of you all drink.
Come on downtown on Thursday evening, or for lunch on Friday, hang out, see how easy it will be to get around, park, and enjoy your liberties. It won’t be.
My wife told a story yesterday about how her father had taken her to see Nixon when she was a little girl. He didn’t care what political party the President was affiliated with and she certainly didn’t either. That fact that they were able to get within eyesight of the President of United States was a thrill that neither of them has ever forgotten. You people that are filled with political rage could take a lesson from that and enjoy an experience that will last a lifetime. I wonder how many people were “inconvenienced” when Kennedy visited Dallas?
Rick H – geez, stop your carping…do you people EVER get tired of whining over what the President does or doesn’t do? The complaints are growing ever more childish by the day…
Re: Comment by Dan Casey — July 11, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
No problem, here either.
RickH, I have no words for the lameness of your post.
When Nixon was here at the Salem CC, his burglary ring, his secret war, and his systematic criminal abuses of power to punish his enemies were not yet known. For the Roanoke Valley, it was more about an event to validate a New South civic identity than the electoral importance.
Jimmy Carter, in characteristically modest fashion, has passed discreetly through town several times, including stops in several businesses and jogging local streets. The impressive phalanx of identical helicopters bearing GWB to the Tech memorial service was seen by many, myself included.
When JFK touched down in Roanoke in 1960, he spoke on the tarmac and left. Truman was here on JFK’s behalf in that race, and he spoke at a stage in a nearby rural location, although I’m not sure quite where. Both events were pictured in the Roanoke Times’ anniversary photo exhibit at the Taubman recently.
Further back still, my dad attended the visit by FDR to dedicate the VA Hospital in ’34. And there exist sound recordings of Taft made at the Homestead a century ago.
Well said Rick H.
#41 I have to admit, Rick H, that I don’t understand some of the parking being shut own so early, but then I’m not a presidential security expert. I reckon I have to defer to their judgment.
No doubt, though, there ARE some businesses that will benefit. My son, who is filling in for a few weeks during summer break at a market restaurant, is getting an extra shift of work tomorrow night because the place expects to be slammed. I did see on TV that somebody at Milan was whining about the shutdown. I’m thinking we should give Obama a medal for making it harder to get to THEIR products.
As I said when Romney came here, you won’t catch me standing in line and waiting around for hours to hear either candidate give a short canned speech. As a reporter I covered Carter and both George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush at various events in the area. It was a pain even though as a reporter I had it relatively easy.
#46 Warren, we used to get regular reports at the RT that Carter had been spotted at the Williamson Road Dunkin Donuts (I think it was). Somebody would rush out there but we always missed him.
Scott A. – excellent post
For some reason gdad made a comment about the VCDL picnic story @ 4:32 pm, today, on a much earlier thread — rather than here the most recent thread where it was actually discussed.
I almost missed it back there.
However, anyone interested can check out his comment and my reply @ http://tinyurl.com/829hewf
#51 I simply put it on a thread where I saw some gun comments, Dave. I still think Mahoney’s comment was funny.
As for writing laws and ordinances to be clear, you must not pay much attention to the workings of Congress and the GA. If you all we got a bunch of people together hoisting their beloved firearms every time you spotted an unclear law, you’d all have to quit your day jobs.
#54 BTW, Dave, I AM in favor of laws being written more clearly, but I’m guessing that your average dude who feels the necessity to be armed wherever he or she goes knows exactly what the law is no matter how confusingly one locality may have written it. Do you honestly think there’s a pile of gun owners sitting at home with aq copy of Roanoke County’s ordinance, scratching their heard, and then decide to leave themselves totally and completely “unprotected” (that Green Hill is a right scary place) while heading out to a Roanoke County park. Seriously?
And I’m betting the average cop for that locality knows the rules, as indicated by Terrell Holbrook. And yet Van Cleave has to ramp things up by suggesting that .. you know, wink, wink, nudge, nudge — well, you never know, there might be an arrest. Gimme a break, Van Cleave.
I do find it amusing that the VCDL has to remind it members not fondle their pieces in public. “Therefore, at all VCDL-sponsored meetings, events, or gatherings, loaded firearms shall NOT be handled at any non-range sites — they will remain holstered or otherwise secured at all times.”
Re: Comment by gdad — July 13, 2012 @ 9:20 am
In great part, that is posted for guest.
Every case, which I have seen, of someone handling a firearm at a meeting has been a guest.
I know I only post that when extending invitations to folk who are likely to not yet be members.
And I’m betting the average cop for that locality knows the rules
I suspect that you are right about the “average” LEO.
OTOH, there are a number of incidents and some court cases have been brought ( as to cases, think Norfolk and PW Co.) where LEOs with less than average knowledge got crosswise.
IMHO, publicity and education is a good thing — especially as to Constitutional rights.
Do you think the press should suppress information to help voters?
Re: my last and gdad’s comment about LEO’s knowledge.
[First person singular pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) and “PVC” reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]
It has come to VCDL’s attention that Chesterfield County has a terribly worded ordinance that makes it sound like someone with a loaded gun cannot be within a 100 yards of a county park or a K-12 school.
A member reported an incident that happened earlier this week where a Chesterfield officer told a gun owner open carrying in a park that he could not have a gun there. The gun owner told the officer that he didn’t believe that was true. The officer talked to another officer and after looking at the county code, said that guns are not legal in a County park. The gun owner left the park without incident or being charged.
After investigating I found that the ordinance is horribly written and prohibits loaded firearms in violation of state law (15.2-915). Poorly written laws can confuse the public, as well as the police, and can lead to unintended consequences. Roanoke County, are you listening?
Of course VCDL members know better because you are very much aware of the state preemption law (15.2-915). Sadly, not everyone is a VCDL member, including many police officers.
So, you see gdad, poorly worded ordinance can mislead LEO and potentially mess someones day up.
“It has come to VCDL’s attention that Chesterfield County has a terribly worded ordinance that makes it sound like someone with a loaded gun cannot be within a 100 yards of a county park or a K-12 school.”
Despite the garbage many pro-gunners would have you believe about the president wanting to take everyone’s guns (I do not necessarily include Dave Hicks in this specific subset of the gun crowd), I think it’s amazing and just a little bit wonderful that the debate seems to have shifted AWAY from “gun rights” and TOWARD poorly drafted ordinances. And it’s kind of hilarious in a way. (There are lot of those that have nothing to do with guns, too.)
The VCDL might have to change their name from the Virginia Citizens Defense League to the Virginia Plainly Worded Legislation League!
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