Campaign for Working Families
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Campaign for Working Families' Gary Bauer noted, "According to one commentator, Wright again defended Louis Farrakhan. He defended his allegation that AIDS was a government plot. He defended his comparison of U.S. Marines to Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus. And he suggested his church had supported the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua."According to the Washington Times, Wright "defended his remark that the U.S. bore responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks ... he refused to apologize for his infamous "God damn America" sermon, saying the U.S. government owed blacks an apology for slavery.... [and] the pastor stood firm in his praise of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan."
Perhaps Wright's bizarre behavior was just a ploy to keep him in the limelight while his book is being printed.
Wright also claims he has told Obama,“If you get elected, November the 5th I’m coming after you, because you’ll be representing a government whose policies grind under people.”
For a fellow receiving a free, fancy home in a ritzy, upscale neighborhood, it would seem that Wright hasn't been the recipient of too much grinding. It sounds more like he has been quite blessed.
Freedom's Watch Chief of Staff Joe Eule writes:
"In a 2006 press release, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that Democrats had a common sense plan to bring down skyrocketing fuel prices. The average price for a gallon of gas when Democrats took control of congress that November was $2.25 - a price that Pelosi and other liberals claimed amounted to "price gouging". The average price of a gallon of gas today is now up to a record $3.61, and in Speaker Pelosi's home Congressional district in the California bay area, the price tops $4 a gallon.
Despite the price going up $1.36 per gallon (that's 60%!) since Democrats took control of Congress 15 months ago, an out-of-touch Speaker Pelosi and Congressional leadership have still not released this so-called common sense plan to bring prices under control. Just last week in an interview with Larry King, Speaker Pelosi cited the national average as being only $2.56."
Sounds like Pelosi has her head in the sand or just thinks no one will bring the Democrat's broken promises up. Then again, she might be right if she is thinking about the drive-by media.
Sounds like Pelosi has her head in the sand or just thinks no one will bring the Democrat's broken promises up. Then again, she might be right if she is thinking about the drive-by media.
Eule notes that, "Rising fuel prices don't only raise the cost to fill our gas tanks, but they affect the prices we pay for almost every other product - including necessities like food, and Congress is doing nothing to alleviate the strain on Americans' wallets."
He urges everyone to call Speaker Pelosi's office at 202-225-0100 and remind her that America does need a common sense plan to bring gas prices under control. You can click on their logo below to hear more on the issue.
Monday, April 28, 2008
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John McCain 2008
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''Sen. Obama wants to raise the capital gains tax, which would have a direct effect on 100 million Americans,'' McCain said. ''That means he has no understanding of the economy and that he is totally insensitive to the hopes and dreams and ambitions of 100 million Americans who will be affected by his almost doubling of the capital gains tax.''
Friday, April 25, 2008
In the past they have favorably recognized John McCain for "his opposition to wasteful spending and earmarks, his leadership regarding the war in Iraq and his belated affirmation of the remarkable economic benefits of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts."
Today CFIF is thanking John McCain for "speaking in favor of free trade in economically-battered Youngstown, Ohio." "Ohio may once again provide the pivotal electoral votes in this year’s Presidential election, but its economic downturn renders it a particularly unfriendly atmosphere for free-trade advocates. Because of this, most politicians would have placated audiences by telling the audience what it wanted to hear, or avoiding economic subjects altogether, particularly free trade. Instead, Senator McCain refused to back down from his advocacy for free trade, just as he once opposed ethanol subsidies before an Iowa audience...
"Ohio may once again provide the pivotal electoral votes in this year’s Presidential election, but its economic downturn renders it a particularly unfriendly atmosphere for free-trade advocates. Because of this, most politicians would have placated audiences by telling the audience what it wanted to hear, or avoiding economic subjects altogether, particularly free trade. Instead, Senator McCain refused to back down from his advocacy for free trade, just as he once opposed ethanol subsidies before an Iowa audience...
Also this week, Senator McCain rightfully endorsed the proposed free trade agreement with Colombia, which has been a steadfast American ally in a region brimming with such hostile autocrats as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Today, 90% of Colombian exports arrive in the United States duty-free, so they already possess access to American markets. By enacting this agreement, we would simply ensure that over 80% of American products would similarly become duty-free in Colombia.
In other words, the Colombia-United States free trade agreement would be a no-lose proposition for the United States...
Senator McCain did take care to sympathize with the audience’s hard times, saying, “the men and women of Youngstown know what it feels like to be counted out.” He added that, “you know how it feels to hear that good things are happening in the American economy, they’re just not happening to you.” Despite this, he told the audience that, “the answer to our problems is not the siren song of protectionism,” even delivering the speech at a closed steel plant.
To be sure, too many foreign markets remain unfairly closed to American exports, and too many allow theft of American intellectual property. But shutting ourselves off and closing our markets is not the answer to those problems. Rather, the solution lies in opening theirs and compelling them to observe property rights and the rule of law."
CFIF noted that, "Senator McCain once again earned tribute from conservatives and free-market advocates across America."
Thursday, April 24, 2008
National Republican Congressional Committee
Add your name to the American Center for Law and Justice's online petition to cut off Carter Center Funding.
"Against the advice of the White House and Members of Congress, former President Jimmy Carter decided to meet with Hamas - one of the world's most dangerous terrorist organizations.
It's the same group whose Charter calls for the destruction of Israel ... and who routinely kills Christians in Gaza and the West Bank. The former president's meeting with Hamas has been roundly condemned by the U.S. and Israel," stated a new email from ACLJ.
Now, there's an effort on Capitol Hill to fight back. New legislation has been introduced that will strip federal funding from former President Carter's Georgia-based ''Carter Center'' ... which has already received nearly $20 million of your federal tax money, according to a ACLJ.
The CARTER Act, spearheaded by Rep. Joe Knollenberg (Michigan's 9th Congressional District), is the bold result of growing bi-partisan backlash on Capitol Hill.
''America must speak with one voice against our terrorist enemies.'' Rep. Knollenberg said. ''It sends a fundamentally troubling message when an American dignitary is engaged in dialogue with terrorists. My legislation will make sure that taxpayer dollars are not being used to support discussions or negotiations with terrorist groups.''
The ramifications of Carter's meddling in the Middle East should be loud and clear ... you meet with terrorists, you pay a price. The American people will not stand for tax dollars supporting terrorist negotiations.
Stand with concerned Members of Congress working to pull the plug on federal funding of Carter's organization. Sign the petition at http://www.aclj.org/
Don't forget to thank Congressman Knollenberg and take the poll on his web site to show your support for his legislation.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
America's Ecological Future Will Be Determined by Immigration Choices We Make Today
(Washington DC ) As Americans commemorate Earth Day on April 22, the country's ecology and resource base continue to be imperiled by mass immigration. More than any other factor, population growth in the United States is adding to the stress on our environment, and nearly all of the nation's projected population growth over the next 40 years will be a direct result of current and future immigration.
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, U.S. population has grown by more than 100 million people, driven by ever increasing levels of immigration. The Census Bureau projects that our current population of just over 300 million will increase to about 435 million by 2050, exacerbating many of the resource and environmental crises we face in this country.
"It is unrealistic to believe that we can address issues like pollution, urban sprawl, and the depletion of water and other vital resources, while continuing on the population path we have been on over the past several decades," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.
FAIR was founded in 1979 to address concerns about the role of immigration in U.S. population growth. On Earth Day 2008, the organization is renewing its call for a rollback of excessive immigration to the United States and a thoughtful consideration of how these policies will affect the long-term environmental health and security of the nation.
"Unless government acts to alleviate the pressure for ever-increasing levels of immigration, Americans will face a future that holds worsening environmental conditions, dwindling resources, and greater dependence on foreign energy sources. This was not the sort of future envisioned by people like the late Senator Gaylord Nelson who initiated the Earth Day celebration," Stein said. "As we observe Earth Day, we call upon our nation's leaders to get off the immigration and population growth spiral that can only lead to further environmental degradation."
"Obama not only claims that abortion is a constitutional 'right," but also as an Illinois state senator opposed a bill that would have defined as a "person: a baby who survived a late term abortion," writes Treerence P. Jeffrery in Human Events, April 21st edition.
That's right, Obama believes the small matter of surviving an attempt to tear one limb from limb and being born alive does not give one the right to survive an abortion. One or two minutes inside or outside the womb - it doesn't matter, according to the anti-life Obama. Life is not permitted to begin if the abortion-lovers have any say in the matter.
Jeffrey noted that another Democrat who allegedly believes that life begins at conception, Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania, has also endorsed Obama.
Jeffrey makes the point that this is an obvious betrayal of Casey's stated beliefs.
The same might be said of Governor Kaine, who may or may not believe that life begins at conception, but certainly should know that Obama doesn't care.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
- Permanent repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax
- Doubling the personal exemption for dependents from $3,500 to $7,000
- Reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25% to spur job creation
- Elimination of subsidies and tariffs that are driving up food prices
- A one-year freeze on federal spending to evaluate government programs
Senator McCain also called for a “Summer gas tax holiday,” urging Congress to suspend the 18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, in contrast, are promising to turn back the clock – they want to repeal the Bush tax cuts and return us to the high-taxing, big spending ways of the Jimmy Carter malaise!"Gary Bauer
Monday, April 14, 2008
"When asked about when human life begins, Obama looked confused and said, "This is something that I have not, I think, come to a firm resolution on. I think it's very hard to know what that means, when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs? What I know...is that there is something extraordinarily powerful about potential life..." Later on, Obama, who described himself as "a devout Christian" claimed that on abortion, "...we want to help...people avoid having to make this difficult choice. That nobody is pro-abortion. Abortion is never a good thing." Unfortunately for Senator Obama, who has voted against every limit on abortion since being elected to the U.S. Senate, his actions have spoken far louder than his words."Tony Perkins, Family Research Council
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tens of thousands of individuals have been nationally certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians since the program began in 1997. They are able to provide child safety seat checks and give parents and caregivers education and assistance with child restraint systems and safety belts.
Bill said he could not believe how much there was to learn in order to put in a car seat. All the different car and car seat manufacturers provide a real challenge to anyone who attempts to install one, he added.
Bill and Jerry will be participating in Sheriff Erik Weaver’s “Child Safety Day” with free bike helmets and other handouts to be held at the Madison Firehouse on May 10, 2008, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.Photo: Madison County Sheriff Erik Weaver and Bill Heflin with Bill's certificate
- 8.5% - the increase in production at America’s largest baby-killing factories at Planned Parenthood where revenue topped $1 Billion
- 33% or $336.7 million of Planned Parenthood revenue is provided by American taxpayers
- 51 stories about atheism ran on ABC, NBC and CBS in 2007. 80% had a positive tone, and 20% were neutral. None of the stories were negative, according to the Media Research Center
- 56% of American oppose abortion, according to a 2004 Zogby poll
- 64% of all syphilis cases are found in men who have sex with men (MSM) even though they make up only 1%-2% of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The FDA says MSM have an HIV prevalence 60X higher than the general population... 5-6X more infections with the Hepatitis B virus, and about 2X more Hepatitis C virus infections.
- 84% of “millennials” - those between 21 and 29 - respect the military, revere marriage and respect the U.S. Constitution, according to a survey by J. Walter Thompson, the nation's largest advertising agency
- 94% of Millennials said they respect monogamy and parenthood, according to the Thompson survey
- 100 campuses hosted Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week II, April 7-11, to educate the public about the threat of radical Islam despite heavy PC pressure from liberals
- 100 Muslim Student Associations were asked a month ago to sign the Declaration Against Genocide. The Declaration calls on “student governments and Muslim groups” to condemn Hezbollah and Hamas, and repudiate the saying of the prophet Mohammed that redemption will only come when Muslims fight Jews and kill them, when the rocks and trees cry out Oh Muslim there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him. None of them have.
- $2,074 - the average tax increase that will hit 17.5 million seniors if President Bush’s tax increases are allowed to expire, according to the Heritage Foundation
- $22,100 - the amount each household pays in taxes, more than twice what it was in 1965 (inflation-adjusted to 2007 dollars), according to the Heritage Foundation
- 289,750 dead babies were produced by Planned Parenthood from July 2006 to June 2007
- 1,103,000 jobs were added to the economy in January and February contrary to reports from the old media which ceaselessly advocates for a recession
- 50 million - Chinese bibles have been produced in China to date, and sold through official churches. China will produce 25% of the world’s bibles by 2009
- $150 million - the largest donation to the University of Virginia, made by Virginia taxpayers, courtesy of the General Assembly, to support the university's operations
- $660 million - the amount Planed Parenthood would still have left to use to kill babies that they believe do not deserve to live, even if they lost all taxpayer funding
- $15 billion - the initial price of the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008, obligating taxpayers to bail out irresponsible borrowers and their irresponsible lenders.
- $60 billion - the amount of waste, fraud, and abuse annually in Medicare and Medicaid programs
Ask God to prompt us to acknowledge regularly the sacrifices being made for us as a people and to thank those we know who are regularly separated from family members defending our country against radical Islam.
Pray for victory and success for our troops as they partner with Iraqi security forces to defeat the efforts of Muqtada al-Sadr in Basra, in southern Iraq. Conflict has flared in that area recently and signals a startling rise in al-Sadr’s activity. Pray for an end to all terrorist efforts in the nations of Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. Pray also for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who has been in Basra supervising the crackdown on militia factions.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
—The Bible, II Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The 1998 officers were: President - Nancy Sharman, Vice President - Martha Dudley, Secretary - Darlene Taylor, and Treasurer - Millie Reid. During the first years, they held business meetings at a local restaurant. However, when the business meeting was separated from the membership meeting, membership really took off. The membership meeting location was moved to a church meeting hall and the format was changed to monthly dinner meetings with guest speakers.
Through the years, guest speakers have included: Congressman Eric Cantor, Lt. Governor John Hager, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Bob McDonnell, National Republican Committeeman Morton Blackwell, Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William H. Howell, Delegate Dick Black, Delegate George Broman, Delegate John Cosgrove, Delegate Jeff Frederick, Delegate Ed Scott, Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Kate Obenshain, Marriage Amendment advocate Steve Baril, late Civil Rights leader Dr. E. Franklin Warner, former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, Publisher and author Al Regnery, and many other notable authorities.
The club has initiated numerous events to raise funds and promote Republican candidates and patriotic causes, including: a Candidate Forum; candidate luncheons; a Support Our Troops rally; Spring and Fall Fashion Shows; an annual Chili Festival; a Christmas Tour of the White House; co-sponsoring the annual GOP BBQ; and Spring and Fall Lawn Sales. The club has an annual entry in the county parade and ends the year with a popular Christmas Open House.
MCRW has raised money to support local organizations as well, including, a local playground in need of equipment and a Benefit Tea for the Madison Free Clinic, to name a few. The club regularly gives book donations to schools and the library and established a school essay contest which has grown into a $1,000 Scholarship.
The club uses funds raised from dinners, the sale of Christmas ornaments and other fund raising activities to produce a monthly newsletter, The Blue Ridge Messenger, to promote the principles of the Republican Party. The newsletter has a circulation of about 200. It goes out to club members, elected officials, local libraries, and Republicans state-wide. Recently, this blog was started to compliment the newsletter with timely posts and updates.
As the club celebrates its 10th Anniversary year, MCRW members can look back on many accomplishments which have firmly established the club in Madison County as a positive voice to promote Republican principles. The current Executive Officers, President Sue Riley, 1st Vice President Anne Farmer, 2nd Vice President Kay Heflin, Recording Secretary Mary Anne Walthall, Corresponding Secretary Erline Arthur, and Treasurer Ginny Pegelow, plan to carry on MCRW's tradition of political education and activism.
2008 Marion Simpson Scholarship
As of March 24th, application forms for the Marion Simpson Scholarship have been available at the Madison County High School guidance office. The Piedmont Area Home School group, as well as the PACE Home School group have been sent the application to distribute to all interested Madison County female seniors who are being home schooled.
The purpose of the scholarship is to promote political awareness among students interested in the political process.
The application deadline is April 30th. The winner will be announced at the May 20th membership meeting.
MCRW is an organization devoted to promoting the participation of women in the cause of good government, informing the public through political education and activities, and advancing the principles of the Republican Party.
Friday, April 11, 2008
It’s time to order U.S. troops to protect Christian churches and believers. All it would take is one call from Bush to General David Petraeus.
Make that call, Mr. President, before the Pope embarrasses you with more questions about your failure to prevent this terrible catastrophe."
Cliff Kincaid, Editor, Accuracy In Media Report
Delegate Scott will report on the 2008 Virginia General Assembly. Delegate Ed Scott serves the 30th District, which includes all of Madison County. It also includes Culpeper County and a portion of Orange County. Scott also lives in Madison County.
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“It’s a pivotal time in Virginia for our party,” said Frederick, the owner of a small IT consulting business who is running for the Chairmanship of the Republican Party of Virginia against incumbent Chairman John Hager. “We’re one election away from losing all our majority.”
“We’re just three seats away from losing the majority in the House of Delegates. We lost four seats last November. Three seats is not a very high threshold,” Frederick added.
Frederick noted that a Democrat majority will redraw the districts to benefit themselves.
“All that work we’ve put out in winning the majority, so we can govern, will go away,“ said Frederick. “We’ll lose 20% more of our seats.”
“This year and next we’ll face some of the toughest elections in our history. Our party cannot afford to have any more losses,” he said. “Our ideas win nothing if we don’t win the right to govern with our ideas.“I’m also running because I know how to win,” said Frederick, citing his 59% vote in a Democrat area. “I don’t compromise my values. I keep the promises I made to them [the voters].”
“The problem that I have with the Republican Party is that the voters don’t necessarily trust us. In order to get winning again, we must get organized as a party. The Democrats have been doing a very good job of convincing the voters that they will do a center-right job also. We must be a party that stands for real change, not just to accumulate power.”
“I’m optimistic about our future if we can take advantage of what is before us. When we win, it’s because we win from the grassroots up. Not from the top down. Our strength will come from strong unit committees.”
“We need a party that will lead the charge against Democrats. Imagine a Republican Party that starts wining again. It can happen. We need to, as Ronald Reagan said, ‘Lead boldly.’"“When I ran for office in 2003, I promised that I would not ever vote to raise your taxes and I’ve kept that promise. Why in the world should government think that it should be able to increase its spending at a faster rate than your income is increasing for you and your family?”
“No body thinks that we’re getting our money’s worth with anything the government does. I think we have a higher obligation to make sure that not just every dollar but every penny is spent well.”
“It’s going to take a purpose-driven chairman to unify us in Virginia,” said Anne Farmer. “You have my vote,” she added.
Fredericks has said that as chairman he would refrain from getting involved in nomination contests - taking sides in a primary, for example. He promises to support all Republicans and work to make sure Republican nominees get elected, a position which does not sit well with those who feel the first priority of a Chairman should be incumbent protection - in the nominating process as well as the general election.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
"You've got Ms. Pelosi and the traditional Democrat groups basically wanting to see this population of 20 million illegals voting for Democrats. They want to give them residency, citizenship, and register them to vote so they can use this illegal population as a political bloc that's [beholden] to them because they're the one who empowered them with the votes."
Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA 50th)
For more on this topic, go to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
"Should the United States choose to withdraw from Iraq as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama wish to do; before adequate security is established, we will exchange for this victory a defeat that is terrible and long lasting. Al Qaeda in Iraq would proclaim victory and increase its efforts to provoke sectarian tensions, pushing for a full scale civil war that could descend into genocide and destabilize the Middle East. Iraq would become a failed state that could become a haven for terrorists to train and plan their operations.
We cannot allow this to happen.
The American people deserve the truth from their leaders. Doing the right thing in the heat of a political campaign is not always the easiest thing. But when 4,000 Americans have given their lives so that America does not suffer the worst consequences of our failure in Iraq, it is a necessary thing. In such a grave matter, we must put the nation's interests before our own ambitions.
My opponents' calls for an immediate withdraw, regardless of the consequences, is a reckless and dangerous move that would threaten the long term security of our country. Leadership is not about bowing to the political pressures, it is about thinking through the consequences and having the experience and judgment to make the tough decisions.
Senators Clinton and Obama will surely echo the sentiments of their extreme liberal supporters and call for a pre-emptive withdrawal from Iraq. The American people deserve better. I encourage both candidates to move beyond empty and destructive rhetoric and elevate the debate to a level that the country deserves. There are tough decisions ahead and America deserves leaders that are up to the challenge.
As president, I will ensure that our troops come home victorious in this war that is part of the larger struggle against radical Islamic extremism and will continue to make keeping our nation secure my highest priority."
Americans may be frustrated with the pace of progress in Iraq, but I believe the “silent majority” is rapidly running out of patience for the “blame America first” crowd and the “God D--- America” chorus."
Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families
"No one detests war more than a veteran ... you know better than any the consequences of defeat. My friends, we will never surrender to the extremists." - Senator John McCain
"Do not underestimate the contribution you have made on the political battlefield at home." - Senator Joe Lieberman
"You want to know who wants you to come home more than anybody? Al Qaeda because you''re kicking their ass." - Senator Lindsay Graham
The final day of the Tour will be in New York City.
Monday, April 7, 2008
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped."
"In his 1863 Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, President Abraham Lincoln said,
“It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” In the context of our time, Lincoln’s words have the ring of prophecy – words spoken to his fellows in a time of internal war and personal tragedies, yet words which seem so very appropriate for us today."If we do not heed the warnings made obvious by our critically ill culture, the illness could be terminal. Time and time again God has judged nations by the character of His people. When His people failed in their faith, their nations fell. America’s believers – broadcasters and brick masons, plumbers and preachers, janitors and judges, editors and educators – must spend time on our faces before Almighty God, repenting of our personal sins as well as our national sins.
Pray for a deepening personal relationship with the Savior; for families in America, including your own; for your workplace, office, home or classroom; for unsaved family, friends and acquaintances, co-workers; for city, county, state and national leaders; and for leaders in the Body of Christ in America and around the world.
Finally, pray for this year’s critical elections. From the White House to the courthouse, pray that Godly men and women will be elected and appointed to public office.
On May 1 find a way to participate in National Day of Prayer and/or Meet at City Hall. There has never been a more critical time nor a greater opportunity for the Body of Christ to be salt and light in our nation."
Randall Murphree, American Family Association
Rodney Lillard, Chairman, Madison County Planning Commissionat a joint public hearing held by the Madison County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, April 2, 2008, to receive public comment and consider adoption of an ordinance to Amend the Madison County Zoning Ordinance as follows:
Amend the definition of Home Occupation in Article 20-98 to allow the use of mechanical equipment that emits a sound level during the hours between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm of 80dBH or less when measured at or outside the property line and to allow by special use permit a home occupation with no more than (4) employees in addition to the owner(s) of the property, who are not required to reside on the property or have any relation to the owner(s) in the Residential, Limited R-1, Residential, General R-2, and Residential, Multiple Family R-3 Zoning Districts.
An occupation limited to
person(s) who reside on the premises where there is no evidence (except for signs as otherwise herein provided) that will indicate from the exterior that the building is being utilized in whole or in part for any purpose other than a dwelling or accessory building thereto; provided, however, a home occupation with less than three (3) employees who are regularly employed on the site may be permitted by special use permit in Conservation (C-1) and Agricultural (A-1) zones and a home occupation conducted solely within the home without employees other than those who reside on the premises and without any customer traffic to the home shall be permitted by right in Conservation (C-1), (R-2) and Residential, Multiple Family (R-3) zones. A home occupation shall use no mechanical equipment exceeding 5 horsepower other than that which is normally used for domestic or household purposes.
The aforesaid amendments shall apply to all home occupations which have heretofore been granted a special use permit.
Former Vice Chair Al Martin told the PC/BOS members, "The decibel level Rockingham-Page County allows the Shenandoah Speedway is 80 decibels measured on the property line - the same as this ordinance would permit a business."
Robert Kane, an engineer who has recently done work on a similar issue, give an explanation of decibel levels. He also opposed the amendment as did everyone who came to speak on the issue except for Mrs. Carpenter of Brightwood.
Mrs. Carpenter supported the amendment which was submitted by an illegal machine shop, located 10 from the property line on less than an acre in Brightwood, an R2 area. She claimed to know of 10-15 other illegal businesses in the county and felt it wasn't fair to turn down the amendment.
When it came time to vote, the Planning Commission voted unanimously against the amendment. After a brief break, the Board of Supervisors, who had been listing to the PC hearing, convened for their vote.
Chairman Eddie Dean said that it was the right of citizens to petition the government and he encouraged the public to contact supervisors with their concerns. Nonetheless, the vote from the supervisors was 4 to 1 against the amendment.
Supervisor Bob Miller indicated that he thought some changes were needed for R2 and R3 but this amendment was not the way to address it, so the issue of allowing special use permits in these Residential zones may resurface at a later date.
Send a fax to thank the PC at 540-3843, and emails to the BOS at email@example.com
Sunday, April 6, 2008
- Pro-property rights
- Defender of the Second Amendment
- Favors strict controls on illegal immigration
- Has sponsored various proposals to rein in the size of government
- Advocate for mental health reform
- "Stalwart conservative"
- "A personable, reasonable, and nice person" (and that's from a liberal)
Hey, what's not to like?
Click here to sign up to be a Cuccinelli Delegate at the 2009 Republican Convention - June 6, 2009 in Richmond.
Senator Cuccinelli will be the Guest Speaker at Madison County Republican Women's September 16, 2008 meeting.
Mr. Allen served as Virginia’s governor and U.S. senator. He is currently the Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar for Young America’s Foundation.
To read the rest of Mr. Allen's column click here.