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Outdoorsmen should vote for Tim Kaine for Senate

Published 11:04am Friday, November 2, 2012

To the Editor:

In so many ways, the Commonwealth of Virginia is extraordinarily blessed. We have two very capable individuals seeking election as Virginia’s Junior Senator. Beyond any question, George Allen and Tim Kaine did much for the Commonwealth in their terms as Governor and have otherwise offered and will continue to offer great service.

I have been honored and privileged to share the company of both of these individuals on several occasions and, in my judgment, both are honorable gentlemen and good people.

However, if you care about hunting, fishing, boating and the numerous activities afforded by scenic rivers, the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, protected historic sites, open spaces, clear skies and clean air, I respectfully submit that your vote must be for Tim Kaine.

In the proud and honored traditions of our founding fathers, such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, to name a few, who so deeply loved the beauty and opportunities of this Commonwealth, Tim Kaine is the man. His record on preserving and restoring our natural and historic resources is exemplary. As Governor, he preserved approximately 400,000 acres of open space, worked with both Democrats and Republicans to stop pollution and thereby saved the Chesapeake Bay and supported the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries during my tenure on its Board, without hesitation or reservation.

In contrast, George Allen apparently relegates the protection of our natural and historic resources to a lower priority. As Governor, his philosophy and actions slowed efforts to clean our rivers and preserve the Chesapeake Bay. His record, both as Governor and United States Senator, earned him a first place spot on the National League of Conservation voters 2012 “dirty dozen list.”

I know Tim Kaine and I assure you that the protection of our natural and historic resources will be among his highest priorities as United States Senator. Significantly, along with our Senior Senator Mark Warner, he will, with genius and innovation, advance the cause of economic growth and still protect the environment.


Richard E. Railey Jr.


  • rdarden

    @ 1st Amendment:

    Thanks for your opinion. However, I really dont care what you think of me. Furthermore, I didnt ask for, or care what your opinion is of me.

    Ironic your screen name is 1st Amendment. Seems like you dont like others enjoying that right when you disagree with their viewpoint. At least my name is here and not hidden behind a screen name as yours is.

    Although I did not vote for Senator-elect Kaine, I do wish him well and success. Our country certainly needs help.

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  • Maxdoubt

    Congratulations Senator-elect Kaine.

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  • Makalani

    There was not 100% opposition in this area to the OLF or the Navy planes flying out of the Franklin Airport. Some citizens recognize the need for our brave aviators to have places to train to be able to protect us when the time comes.

    Of course — only (Rs) can be “strong on the national Defense!” If Tim Kaine or any (D) advocates policies that recognize our military’s need to have training facilities — they are doing it for “selfish political reasons” are scum and/or dirtbags! lol

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  • Masknup

    Tim Kaine, laughable. Mr. Railey, I know how you feel about muzzleloader hunting in Southampton County. Maybe Kaine could help all of us landowners enjoy the personal liberty to hunt on my property the way we want to, since he’s such a great friend of the outdoorsman. I will hold my breath………

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  • rdarden

    Tim Kaine is a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT THAT SUPPORTED OBAMA…..I dont think he gives a damn about gun rights or anything else that most of the rural electorate enjoys. Great response nadawa! yes good ‘ol Tim Kaine threw our area into the entire BRAC Commision debacle.

    Tim Kaine is a dirtbag, plain and simple. Go Allen!

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    • 1stAmendment

      @ rdarden:

      Is it really necessary to use this forum 1. to curse and 2. to call names. Unfortunately, your name tells many of us who you are, and my respect for you – small at best – just nosedived even more.

      This type of rhetoric does not help your candidate.

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  • nadawa

    I must respectfully remind Mr. Railey that Mr. Kaine had no qualms about disregarding these “protected historic sites, open spaces, clear skies, and clean air” while promoting the Outlying Landing Field to further his personal political career. How quickly we forget!

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