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January 21, 2020 · OPINION

Northam’s idiocy and his “state of emergency”

Gov. Ralph Northam
By Ann M. Casey

Dear Gov. Northam:

This recent arrogant and reactionary course of action against the pro-gun rally is ludicrous, absurd and in direct violation in a presupposed assumption of anticipated violence from law abiding citizens. To flagrantly attempt to eradicate the Bill of Rights and our Constitution smacks of a political power stunt as a dictator rather than the elected servant as a government official by the people of Virginia.

Your stance to capitulate to the left wing agenda of the destruction of our republic screams of a child’s temper tantrum that for a brief moment gets their way by their behavior. This ill-conceived lust for control and the power to run roughshod over civil liberties besmirches your oath of office.

You “profess” to be an advocate for Virginias. Yet this calling for “a state of emergency” proves your lack of understanding of our history, our country to satisfy your conceited stance of absolute control to destroy both. A governor is elected, not a self-appointed dictator.

From a proud American who votes.
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Mark House · January 26, 2020 at 12:52 pm
No to northam - Not as hard hearted as you might want people to think. I get where you are coming from, yet I was brought up to put myself in someone else's shoes.
I was also brought up with make good choices, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Thee is no 3rd time, you're out.
No to northam · January 26, 2020 at 12:37 pm
Thats very true ..sad when kids go without because of parental choices were they are the innocent victims if it.

All for helping the children , the parents not so much but unfortunately it goes hand in hand ..

No matter what happens in life the kids take absolute priority no matter what it takes to make sure they are taken care of.
Mark House · January 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm
I have to say in all honestly, the thought of little children going hungry and without a home is not one that sits well with me. I cannot in good conscience condone taking food out of the mouths of kids.
No to northam · January 26, 2020 at 10:31 am
Agree 100%
Mark House · January 26, 2020 at 10:20 am
"I am completely against paying for able body lazy people who can work that don't, or make bad decisions and we the tax payer have to pay for it."

I agree. Time to man and woman up. In my opinion it is the little children that suffer because of "adults" not acting like adults. Spay and neuter not only the animals, but people too that are irresponsible.
No to northam · January 26, 2020 at 10:13 am
We can finally agree on most of what you just said.

As for nursing homes , i am all for helping who needs it. I am completely against paying for able body lazy people who can work that dont, or make bad decisions and we the tax payer have to pay for it.
Mark House · January 26, 2020 at 10:01 am
I agree that it is way past time for people to act responsibly, don't want or can't take care of the responsibility, then don't do the deed. Yet, as you know that is easier said then done.

I'm not for or against abortion, it's none of my business what other people do with their bodies. That's between them and their partner! But if you do get in a situation and can't take care of the child, put the child up for adoption. There are millions of people/couples that are waiting that do have the means to care for the child if you don't without government assistance.

By the way, Medicaid is a government assistance program, what about those old people that have no money and are in nursing homes? Against that too?
No to northam · January 26, 2020 at 9:47 am
I do not support any government handouts.
Their are options other than killing babies, and the funny thing all you libs go for is a woman cant support the kid etc ..then close your legs and dont get knocked up...

Same as all the countries with starving kids birth control is cheap, want to help the problem then be an adult and dont take the risk of getting knocked up if you cant support the kid. Same as any guy who will go around knocking up different women, not man enough to support kids you make and be a dad then keep it in your pants ..called being an adult.

In this modern age everyone takes the easy way out and has no responsibility for their actions. Time for people to grow up and be reaponsible for what they do.

Abortion is used as an easy fix when its not ..should only be an option for extreme cases of risking life or result of a crime - ie assult etc ..

Same as having 5 kids with 5 different people ..cant afford to have them or keep a relationship stop having more kids and get fixed..
Mark House · January 26, 2020 at 9:38 am
The government should start with sperm control. Let the government decide when and where you may use your organ to dispense sperm.

That would put a stop to many abortions and people that are against abortion SHOULD be FOR such control.
Mark House · January 26, 2020 at 9:32 am
No to northam - LOLOLOL, hit a nerve did I?

You are against abortion that much is clear. So are you for SNAP programs and all other programs that help women that have children such as the Violence Against Women Act, free lunches at school, healthcare for low income women and children, free birth control, or are you just a pro-lifer? Give birth then kick them to the curb and let them die in the streets kind of guy?
No to northam · January 25, 2020 at 9:03 pm
First of all scumbag, typing on a phone so not up to your prim and propper baby killing ways ..

Northern and the rest of you libs want to kill babies, that is fact.

Abortion is murder and kills a hell of a lot more than a crazy person with a gun.

Your uneducated comments do not mean a damn to me as i know my path in life and did not follow some communist professor at some lib college.

Not a viet. Cong vet, i dont believe in stolen valor to put any claims , although the way you say it you sound like one of the low life pos hippies that were against our guys doing a job that needed to be done.

Anyone who would act like any vet is bad for doing what needs to be done is the lowest life form and i can only hope they pay for being so sub human scum life yourself.

Mark House · January 25, 2020 at 8:42 pm
No to northam - Typical response from a poorly educated "conservative". You don't know the meaning of conservative. All you have is name calling and talk about baby killing. What is this Vietnam Vet day, back from the jungle. Go back to school, you write on the level of a 3rd grader.
No to northam · January 24, 2020 at 7:56 pm
To answer Mr nut-house,
Easy why no guns at a Trump ralley .. you loonatic liberals cannot be trusted with guns like conservatives can.

More murders are liberal / demorats than any other group. If you figure the babies yall kill it becomes a laugher ...

Liberals are the problem, not conservatives that want to save babies, and protect their family.
Mark House · January 24, 2020 at 2:24 pm
Ms. Casey, so I take it this isn't a problem to you?

The Georgia arrests were announced on the heels of those of three other alleged members of The Base in Maryland who had built an assault rifle and accumulated ammunition and who also allegedly discussed attending a pro-gun rally in Richmond, Va., slated for Monday. The Maryland trio includes Canadian national Patrik Jordan Mathews, who entered the U.S. illegally last year.

Plus do you think someone from out of state should be carrying a .50 cal around and people with visibly loaded magazine to go with their AR-15's is also OK?

If that is the case then why aren't people allowed to carry loaded or any weapons at Trump rallies? Think maybe your hero is a tad bit scared for his life. He says he is the toughest President ever. Liked to have seen him go toe to toe with Teddy Roosevelt back in the day.

I believe the Governor made the right decision. No one was hurt and the "guns save lives" folks got to stand around look tough and get their pictures taken for future reference.
Sonny Day · January 24, 2020 at 10:11 am
Stay focused people. It's not just the fact a few seats switched from R to D, as the hot air balloons are promoting. It's what the new D party is pushing because those seats were paid for by huge amounts of money by Bloomberg.

For example: Virginia's House Democrat-led Public Safety Committee voted against Republican proposed House Bill 1175 after the rally on Tuesday. HB 1175 would send people who use or display guns while committing felonies to prison for longer amounts of time.

The bill would have established a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for the first offense (up from three), and a minimum of 10 years for the second or any subsequent offenses (up from five).

So if public safety is the main concern of the new democrat led government, why are they only focusing on law abiding citizens and not felons? Making good people helpless will not make bad people harmless.

And then there is Va. House Bill 1627, proposed by democrats because of the rally. They basically want to make it against the law to say anything bad about the governor, Lt. governor, attorney general, or legislature. The definition of what is deemed bad or threatening is very vague in the bill, so your 1st amendment rights could easily be diminished. The same party that proudly held protests during the Trump inauguration; threatening to blow up the White House and calling the President all kinds of names, now is pushing to make it a crime to do the same to a scandal-ridden democratic governor and elected officials. Their hypocrisy and disrespect for the Constitution is stunning.

The far right wingers were brought down for a good reason. The far left wingers now running the Democratic party need to also be reeled in before it is too late.

DonkeyFarmer · January 23, 2020 at 9:36 pm
Well said Jim Griffin. Pretty much agreed although i don't think a Republican could get away with what Northam has in his closet but I'm not going belabor the point any longer.

And just to clarify, I was talking about state elections in 2021 not the 2020 National elections. We will see if this fury can last nearly 2 years. If the Democrats pass consfication I think it will.
Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 9:13 pm
Almost everyone who runs in Virginia runs as a moderate -- at least those who are successful statewide. There is no organized group of liberals effective in Richmond, and now that is true of conservatives as well.

Guns have fared as I thought they would in Richmond. No confiscation, no bans, primarily focused on the people who use them and not the devices. This likely the right outcome, but time and outcomes will be a better judge.

We will need to accept that there will always be places guns are unwelcome, even in Virginia, especially government facilities and property. It is unrealistic to think you could visit the White House, Congress or Supreme Court while carrying, likewise in Richmond, and some private property. The courts do not see this as a constitutional violation.

I am generally supportive of our local leaders. I do want results from Richmond, especially as regards state allocation of school aid tilting against easement counties like ours.

In 2020, political energy is ill-spent on party politics. Issues work, but these political relics don't fit with future generations with direct access to candidates. They route around the middle and go direct, much as does DJT.
DonkeyFarmer · January 23, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Jim- Agreed. He will soon be gone and can't run for re-election. But it is very important to point out he ran as a moderate, and he would be vetoing these anti-2nd Amendment bills until this blackface scandal. Now he is compromised, and must do what the liberals say or forced to resign. THAT is the problem or obsession with Northam.

All politics is local someone once said, and I am very content with our local leaders. I don't care much about Governor Northam, if he would just stay out of my business.

That being said, I don't see much coming out of Richmond. The Red Flag Law does not look much different that what we currently have "Baker Act." The background checks have exemptions for inter family transfers. There is no AR or assault weapons bans. I don't think anything extreme will pass and those that do will be struck down. I don't think the sky is falling.

4 seats. That's all we need to flip. Let's see if this energy will be displayed nov of 2021.
Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 8:34 pm
My point: Why shame a figure head, largely irrelevant and soon gone? This obsession with Northam is disproportionate with his small effect on our lives. He is a pediatrician more than he is a politician.

Unless you are simply whining about the last election or trying to own the Dems. We've witnessed disappointment from both sides over the past four years. Let's just pull together to help the average Virginian.

Which means schools, Sheriffs, roads -- and paying for them. These issues do not benefit from partisan bickering. We all want the best bang for the buck in these areas, so let's stay focused and realize party politics should have little place at a time when we need little help figuring out how we wish to cast our vote.
DonkeyFarmer · January 23, 2020 at 8:18 pm
I don't think Sonny intended a racial slur, I think she (or he) brought up the term as a way to shame the governor, that is why it was important for me to correct or explain it.

We have a government in this state now that as its leaders has a blackface governor, a rapist lt. Governor and a blackface attorney general. All Democrats. And yet it is ignored. Everyone knows that if these were Republicans they would be long gone by now.

No to Northam- I was with you until the zionist remark.
Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 5:27 pm
N2N: You don't know me. Your statement is incorrect, presuming as it does a "liberal plauge taking over." A few seats changed in the state Senate and House.

"Bloombergs zionist gun grabbers"? Whose guns have been grabbed? Why complain about Jews -- people of any religion, for that matter? What does Bloomberg have to do with any of it?

Republicans lost seats in the last election because they've lost touch with the average Virginian. Happens from time to time. I want to see the parties in balance, competing to improve the human condition and offer value to voters.

I support all the civil rights we can muster, Second Amendment included -- it's a right I exercise. I am especially fond of the First Amendment. I want government lean and fit, not puffy and expansive. I very much enjoy Fauquier Rural and Agricultural character, but I am more fond of property rights than others around here, who prefer extreme government intrusion into our ownership of land.

In fact, a quarter of our land has forfeited its development rights to the government and at taxpayer expense in its acquisition, opportunity costs and tax impact. You cannot call that Republican or conservative -- it is our means of production in government centralized control, enough so to make China look like a free market.

You define yourself by "No to northam" and then you ask who cares. He cannot run again and will not be a factor going forward. Even now he is a rubber stamp, a figure-head.

The paper says you should use your real name for credibility. Indeed, after complaining about Bloomberg, Jews and non-existent gun grabbing, you are likely ashamed to connect your prejudice with your family name.
No to northam · January 23, 2020 at 5:06 pm
Jim say all you want you act 110% demorat.

Every comment about the liberal plauge taking over and you have to try to reason for it.

Face it Va has been bought by bloombergs zionist gun grabbers.

As for coon face/ or blaxk face ..who cares
Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 4:03 pm
I am past it, DF. It is disappointing to see the word "coon" in our local paper used by another anonymous writer.

Northam? Or is it Herring? Who cares, really.

Virginia turns Blue and people think the state is going to Hell in a handbasket. A few votes switch and the word is everything is crazy.

Can we disagree without being disagreeable? Frankly, if you and me can do it -- and we have -- I think others should be able to do so.

Respect. I do respect you and thank you for the reminder.
DonkeyFarmer · January 23, 2020 at 3:56 pm
Jim- Sonny was saying the accident was she used "coonface" instead of "coonman." Not that she used "coonface" instead of "blackface." It was in refrence to Northams nickname that he admits to. He apparently donned the shoe polish so many times he got a nickname.
Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 3:42 pm
Aha, it was an accident. Got it. Coon face was an accident, though it somehow arose as a synonym for the word black. Quite the accident.

I am not a democrat, not a hot air balloon and I am not the politically correct police. I do object to referring to people with the use of the word coon.

I use my real name and stand accountable as a result. Speaking as someone calling for accountability, will you do the same?
Sonny Day · January 23, 2020 at 12:51 pm
Donkey Farmer- you are absolutely correct. His coon man nickname was what I was referring to when tying it to a similar scandal involving the attorney general, but accidentally put coon face.

It is clear to see why things are getting so crazy in this state. The politically correct police quickly address someone making a mistake with terminology, while totally ignoring or holding accountable the people who displayed the racist images.

The fact is almost all democrats initially called for Northam's resignation, until the next 2 in line for the governor became involved in scandals. The realization that the governorship would then go to a republican became evident and they all backed down. The hypocrisy grows...

It's time to stay focused on the real problems facing this state and let the hot air balloons that cause distractions to just float on by.
Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 10:23 am
Someone in their 20's is still a kid in my judgment, but it's all rhetorical. Suffice it to say it is rare for someone in their 20's to rise to elected office and precisely because we want more real life experience in our leaders.

When in your 20's, you might still be living in a dormitory or frat/sorority house. Worse still, in grad school, especially med school, it is traditional to work with little sleep over a week's time.

The only thing I can add about who should be making decisions for us is that we elect them. Maybe our AI overlords will do a better job in the future.
DonkeyFarmer · January 23, 2020 at 10:11 am
Jim- How old is someone graduating medical school? 24,25? That's not a kid. He has serious issues with judgment. He almost did the moonwalk at a press conference until his wife stopped him. He should not be making decisions for us, he can't make proper decisions for himself.

Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 10:03 am
Agreed it is offensive, which is why I called it out.

Much happens in school and youth that can be chalked up to youthful indiscretion occurring at a different time and place in history.

Many people, myself included, are not proud of decisions they made. It is how we learn and a good reason experience is an important measure of character; We live and learn.

Same for our society at large and it will be still more true as the Internet and its memory hold us more accountable to the past in our future.

I do not think of those in school, even medical school, as grown. They are growing. No doubt he is a very different man today than he was then, as are we all. Explaining behavior is different than excusing it.

The better question is why someone would use the phrase "coon face" today, knowing what we know, and in a community publication. Or the word "dictator" when the decisions are subject to court review.
DonkeyFarmer · January 23, 2020 at 9:53 am
Ralph Northam had a nickname in medical school "coonman." Yeah, THAT is offensive. Can't believe a grown man in medical school would put shoe polish on his face and publish it in his yearbook. Talk about poor judgment. And this idiot is making decisions for us.....
Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 8:33 am
It's the manner in which you express your opinion that is offensive. It is unfit for this community publication and reflects poorly on your judgment.

You are entitled to your opinion but not your offensive use of the language. We do not use the word "coon" to refer to humans and it is not defensible as "the truth" because it is simply your offensively-expressed opinion.

Again, his decisions were reviewed twice in the courts, a standard that defies your constitutional claim. Our state and federal constitutions were fully considered by our courts.

BTW, "antifa" took the side of the protestors on lobby day:

Sonny Day · January 23, 2020 at 8:19 am
Mr. Griffin- so sorry the truth bothers you. I should have used blackface instead of coon face. In case you don't know the attorney general is 2nd in line for governor.
Jim Griffin · January 23, 2020 at 6:45 am
"Coon face" scandal? "Low life sub-human piece of excrement"?

"Self-appointed dictator."

His decision was reviewed by a circuit court judge and the Virginia Supreme Court, the majority of which were appointed by Republicans.

These comments are both shameful, incorrect and a poor reflection on our community. Dictators do not subject their decisions to court review and the language used to express these views is regrettable in public comments.

We can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable. The phrase "coon face" and referring to our governor in this fashion is disrespectful to this publication's readership. Our community is better than this.
Sonny Day · January 22, 2020 at 2:23 pm
He's lucky he is a democrat. If he was a republican Antifa would have been protesting and rioting about his scandal until he was removed from office. He has clearly demonstrated the corruption that is running amuck in the new Democratic party. Lobbyists filling their wallets with lots of money are the only ones they listen to or actually care about.

He should be impeached for failure to follow his oath, which states he will support the Constitution. Unfortunately if he is impeached we will then have a governor fighting sexual assault accusations, or another governor with a coon face scandal. Virginia has reached a new low.

It's time to start holding all politicians to the same standards, regardless of party affiliation.
No to northam · January 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Gov. Black face is a low life sub-human piece of excrement.

He is bought and paid by the lying animal money grabber bloomberg and has no interest in what Virginians want.

The liberal party is out of control and is pushing for a war.

Just like the lying scum media justifying a gun ban at a pro gun rally with their its just a Charlottesville 2.0 garbage.

Media,bloomberg,northam are all enemies of america and need to be treated as such. Histories greatest liers are gonna get whats comming to them.
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