Elections in Roanoke and Franklin counties and the commonwealth of Virginia in today’s letters to the editor.
This vote was no empty gesture
The editorial of Oct. 18, “An agreement, for now,” reiterated the fact that Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith and Robert Hurt had voted against the Senate compromise to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
The fact of the matter is that these supposed guardians of our economy and welfare voted to allow the United States to default on its financial obligations to their fellow Americans and the rest of the world.
Due to the eleventh-hour nature of the vote, had their side carried the day, the default would have been a fact and not just an insignificant political gesture, as in the past.
In my mind, these actions constitute a betrayal of the citizens they serve and require their removal from office come November 2014. The backward and dangerous attitude toward governance exhibited by Goodlatte, Griffith and Hurt should not go unchallenged.