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Volume VII, Issue 3 · Early February, 2012


Warren County Report

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The Freedom Debate – choices, mandates & opinions

Sayre brings health care debate home


Valentine’s Day Gifts & Dining Guide

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Bishops and Catholics for Choice square off

Free speech society or not?

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Lori, a vet’s best friend


Schools – food in the classroom?


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Wayside Theatre

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‘Smoke’ overcomes late cast change, reviewer faux pas A rousing good ensemble musical performance – whoever they were

Thomasin Savaiano works the washboard in Wayside Theatre production “Smoke on the Mountain” By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report A pleasing Jan. 29th opening night performance of “Smoke on the Mountain” at Wayside Theater was even more noteworthy since the lead actor, Bob Payne, a veteran character of the play’s Sanders family, was taken ill three days before the show. Roger M. Eaves was pulled in by artistic director Warner Crocker, a last-minute substitute who performed admirably in a role he’d obviously done a few times before but never on such short notice. You’ll see Eaves if you make your reservations between now and March 10 (ooh! my birthday!). Also you may see a lady I mistakenly thought I saw last Sunday on stage and congratulated effusively at the cast party afterward in an embarrassing case of mistaken actor identity. The reviewer identity lapse incident

Alex Sheets, Thomasin Savaiano, Steve Przybylski, Roger Eaves, Pam Pendleton, Jody Lee and Jennie Malone are appearing at Wayside Theatre production “Smoke on the Mountain” Jan. 28 through March 10. Call (540) 869-1776 for reservations. Photography by Bailey occurred after we’d gotten that “ole time religion” with the now familiar Sanders’ group of blue grass musicians who use the audience as a Baptist chapel congregation in a small town in Georgia. The production is “Smoke on the Mountain,” one of a trilogy of “Smoke” shows that have become popular with local audiences. If you enjoy an evening of toe-tapping music and a dose of the gospel, go see it – you should love it! As for the embarrassing case of mistaken identity, my effusive congratulations went to an actress who never appeared on stage that evening! She is Theresa McGuirk who understudies the role of June, one of the Sanders’ sisters, for veteran Wayside virtuoso, Thomasin Savaiano. Thomasin is to be away for a week of this run helping husband Warner Crocker spot talent for future shows, and to bolster a shrinking support staff. While other members of the cast

say it’s easy to make a mistake between Theresa and Jennie Malone, whose performance as Denise I was

Front from left, Roger Eaves, Jennie Malone, Pam Pendleton, and Steve Przybylski and Jody Lee, standing, as the musical Sanders family. so taken by, they may have been letting me down easy. Meanwhile, I will say in print to Jennie what I accidentally said to Theresa – “you were terrific!”

And she was – particularly while dueling on the fiddle with Steve Przbylski (Dennis). The entire, seven-member cast showed amazing musical capabilities with some 16 in-

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To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at - 540-683-9197 struments, not including Savaiano’s adept tinkle with a triangle, scrubbing on a washboard, and keeping time with other odds and ends that helped along the sound. Shenandoah University grad Alex Sheet (Pastor Oglethorpe) offered an excellent voice between sermonizing with the inimitable Pam Pendleton

(Vera) whose second act monologue was a show stopper. Jody Lee ( Stanley ) got a special after-the-show accolade from Crocker. Joette Orndorff took her first bow as costume designer for the show after understudying 10-year veteran Tamara M. Carruthers the past few months. As for my Jennie-Theresa moment,

Wayside Theatre

it reminded me of a long-ago sports gaffe. It occurred at a “Hula Bowl” all-star pro football game in Hawaii in the 1960s, where, as a young reporter, I was assigned to do locker room interviews for The Associated Press. A recent English immigrant, I’d never seen an American football game before and in blissful ignorance

chose to question a backup quarterback who didn’t take even a snap. I asked how he thought his game went. Tickets for this penultimate show of Wayside’s 50th anniversary season are available by calling the box office at (540)869-1776 before March 10.

(Reviewer Malcolm Barr Sr. is a former board member of the Wayside Foundation for the Arts, a recent Leo award winner for contributions to the arts, and a retired journalist and federal government public affairs officer, who at 78 confesses to less than 2020 eyesight, and even the occasional memory lapse.)

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Public safety

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In what was not an unexpected result, Warren County Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie announced the appointment of Fire Lieutenant Gerry Maiatico as Fire Marshal of Warren County. After a sometimes contentious debate that lasted about two years after a consultant hired to review county fire and emergency services operations and organization recommended creation of the position, the Warren County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance to create the office of Fire Marshal on December 20, 2011. Departed North River Supervisor Glenn White, along with initial supporters of the position Tony Carter and Richard Traczyk, was instrumental in bringing the position back before the supervisors prior to his departure. White had initially sided with Chairman Archie Fox and Linda Glavis in opposing adding the position. However after receiving a complaint from a constituent with respiratory

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· Burn when the wind is calm; · If a fire does escape, call 911 immediately; · Obey forest fire laws and air pollution regulations. During last years wildfire season, the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to several forest fire incidents which resulted in over 2,500 acres burned, several homes and outside structures destroyed and forced the evacuation of over 100 people from their homes. These fires resulted in over $250,000 in fire suppression costs. This year’s wildfire season begins Feburary 15th and lasts through April 30th. During the fire season, it is illegal to burn trash or debris outdoors before 4 p.m. and violators could be fined up to $500. Also, if any fire escapes, a violator could be held liable for the cost of fighting the blaze plus any property damage it causes. For more information on fire and wildfire safety, visit or call the Fire Administration Office at (540) 636-3830. (From a release)

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A timely reminder Editor, I think your articles on Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali deserve special recognition. Certainly all of us need to be reminded of the heroism of these two men. Both of these individuals risked their careers, their security, families, freedom and even their lives to speak truth to power and stand up for what is right. In doing so, they not only won their cause but raised the level of all of our rights and freedoms in this country. I want to thank you for reminding us that it is the hero who stands up and speaks the truth despite the odds and the sacrifice. B.W. Beavers Linden

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is my primary access to Browntown Rd. (Rt. 649)and the rest of the world. I struck a deer on November 29, 2009 with my Harley at 43 mph on Browntown Rd. Great attention was paid to speed that day due to an individual long term study of just what speeds are appropriate for this serpentine byway with its many driveway entrances. “It sure ain’t no 45 mph!” In the spring of 2011 I hit two fawns near the Freedom Club – speed 35 mph. Only divine intervention allows this writer to tell this story. During my era in the Browntown Rd. area I have witnessed three serious automotive crash incidents: 1/ a small vehicle ran off the road into the woods approximately 1/8 mile prior to the 340 light; 2/ a pickup truck flipped and remained on its roof in the middle of one of the “S” curves; 3/ on October 15, 2010 my significant other and I were attempting to enter Browntown Rd. from Rocky Ln.(possibly one of the most dangerous intersections in Warren County) when we were “clipped” by a vehicle traveling at an enormous rate of speed. The incident was so fast only the color of the speeding vehicle was noted. It is almost certain had there been a one second time differential we would both be dead. And now many know of the horrible crash on January 11, 2012. It does not take a rocket scientist to deduce from scene photos that speed played a partial role in that terrible incident. All our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the student who crashed. So I ask, HOW MANY MORE before necessary steps are taken: 1/ to REDUCE THE SPEED LIMITS on Browntown Rd.; 2/ to implement “speed strips” or other devices to insure compliance; 3/ I have never seen any attempt by local law enforcement to regulate speed, ie: “speed trailers” or radar

East Main Street tree maintenance re-scheduled The original date for East Main Street tree maintenance requir-

ing partial closure of the road has been re-scheduled. The Department of Public Works will have E. Main Street from Church Street to Chester Street closed to traffic on Monday, February 27, for tree maintenance. This project will begin at 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Main Street will also be closed from Crescent Street to Church Street the same day, but from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for similar tree maintenance. Please plan travel accordingly and drive carefully around crew areas. Thank you for your patience during the completion of this project. Any questions may be directed to the Public Works office at (540) 635-7819. (From a release)

stations or patrolling. I say again, HOW MANY MORE heart-wrenching crashes will it take before any action is taken to correct the situation? As Ms. Allen stated in late December, “Apparently a crash analysis is not needed ... I hate waiting for a trigger number of injuries or deaths to occur….” Well, here are the beginnings of a “crash analysis” grass roots style! Ms. Allens’ description of Route 55 is indicative of a growing and unfortunate malady across our country that is multiplied exponentially in concentrated urban areas. The highway planners of sixty plus years ago had no conception of the volume of today’s traffic, nor the speeds at which “gunners” and the general public would operate. And how about the “run and gun” speed and death gauntlets from Riverton Commons to Winchester (the intermittent stoplights offer little respite from the “Ben Hur” like atmosphere with the “big rigs”) and from Criser Road to Bentonville and beyond (reminiscent of drag strips and NASCAR like drafting). Repeated phone inquiries to the Front Royal VDOT office concerning the barely navigable conditions on the eastern 3/8 of a mile of Rocky Ln. have resulted in the statement “there are barely enough funds for routine maintenance, much less any new projects”. How on earth can we expect any improvements to be done on major thoroughfares to effect safety and ease of travel? Perhaps a stop-gap measure is a redirection of law enforcement personnel (county and state) to penalize speed offenders on Browntown Rd. and other notorious stretches . If significant penalties were assigned, folks would soon “get the message”. A serious adjustment to overall speed limits on Browntown Rd. is MANDATORY! My advice to the driver on route 55 and others is fairly simple: 1/ reduce speed! 2/ develop defensive driving skills; 3/ increase situational awareness, and 4/ always attempt to wear clean undergarments while driving (this a hygienic favor to the EMS and hospital personnel who may be attending). Wells R. Bill Warren County

Objectivity & opinions Editor, I am writing to you in reference to the article found in Vol.7, Issue 2, late Jan., on page 27, titled “Anti-abortion Bills Find New Life in General Assembly”  By Michael Bodine. I am appalled at how vehemently

the pro-abort bias is not only in the language used by Mr. Bodine, but his tone. He uses the well-known proabort attack-phrase: “anti-abortion,” to clearly make it appear as though the PRO-LIFE community is somehow against something, when the truth is that the pro-life community is PROTECTING DEFENSELESS UNBORN HUMAN LIFE. Mr. Bodine writes “abortion rights were killed” as a very hostile attempt to counter the reality that it is abortion that KILLS AN UNBORN HUMAN LIFE.  Mr. Bodine fervently favors using the technical term “fetus,” again, in an attempt to deHUMANize the unborn HUMAN life.  Perhaps to allay the guilt or consciences of those that know that they are choosing to kill an unborn HUMAN life.  The pro-aborts that choose to kill unborn human life, like naral, planned parenthood … etc., actually have a PRO-ABORT AGENDA because it is HIGHLY PROFITABLE.  Since 1973, for about 40 years, the pro-abort agenda has been pushed and allowed for the 56 million unborn human lives to be killed and emotionally maul their mothers. It is time to face the truth that “pro-choice”(to kill unborn human life) HURTS WOMEN and KILLS HUMAN LIFE!   Sincerely, Jessica Dominguez Warren County (Managing editor’s note: both this publication and the editor of the Capital News Service stand by the fairness and content of the referenced story by Michael Bodine. And this editor must comment on the tendency reflected by Ms. Dominguez to present pro-fetal life opinions as undisputed, unassailable fact, rather than a highly complex and debatable issue as reflected in several articles in this edition of Warren County Report. We also edited from the letter a reference to Planned Parenthood as slanderous and inaccurate. However, we will include it here only to illustrate the writer’s particular mindset – “Planned Parenthood, the multibillion dollar abortion business giant that perpetrates sex-trafficking of young girls and is US tax-payer funded.” Despite such unsubstantiated hyperbole from the writer, or others in the pro-fetal life lobby, abortions account for only three percent of publicly-funded Planned Parenthood’s medical activities on behalf of the health of American women. And Dominguez’s assertion Planned Parenthood “perpetuates sex-trafficking of young girls” speaks to the type of irrational hysteria that characterizes so much of the rhetoric of religious extremists who seem hell-bent on forcing their no-quarters perception of reality on all Americans under the guise of religious freedom.)

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The Freedom Debate TO THE EDITOR: Roger Bianchini’s article coupling fascism and the “American Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex” is a remarkable throwback to the era of Soviet agitprop, to the party line which branded all non-Communist societies “fascist.” Just so, Roger’s article conflates the United States and the Third Reich, much as Soviets of yesteryear made little distinction between Hitler’s Germany  and other  “fascist” states, say, Great Britain and France. Roger’s exposition is straight from a 1930’s Soviet time capsule, definitely old school! What Roger glossed over is the fascist sine qua non -- the disposition toward permanent violence. No one with historical sensibility can imagine fascism without it. Understandably, the old blood-drinking Soviets and Red Chinese never attacked that quality of fascism because violence was their own vehicle for social change, i.e. the “permanent revolution,” whether at home or abroad. In this important regard, there was little difference between the two philosophies. No, by old Communist lights, the fascist evil was not mass killing or the suppression of freedom, but what Roger was really attacking in his article -- the free enterprise system. Trying to fix fascism upon America, Roger muddles Eisenhower’s famous “Military-Industrial Complex” quotation (sug-

gesting that Ike was implying fascism) and interjects the ramblings of the 33rd Vice President of the United States, the eccentric Democrat, Progressive and pro-Soviet Henry Wallace. Wallace posited an American corporate fascism, but one which “prefers not to use violence.” In this, Wallace and Roger really fall flat. Trust me, there never was a fascism that preferred not to use violence! But the violence comes through loud and clear in Rogers’s apocalyptic time-capsule writing: · the “poisoned channels of information,” · the “stamping out (of ) every basic social and economic security forall,” · the “elite.....acquisition of great

To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at - 540-683-9197 wealth,” · the “hired political lackeys and mercenary guns” and · the “corporate banker’s pin-striped suits.” And the violence shines through this article’s recollections of the bloody world war against Hitler, through its telling of the wounded Bianchini senior’s heroic sacrifices therein -- all as exhortation to the living to get the same ball rolling, to destroy  21st Century “fascism” in America. Let Roger make his case for the existence of fascism in America’s commanding heights. We are a free speech nation. All in all, however, his target is not historical fascism, but capitalism and the free enterprise system.  And as

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such, important questions loom out of this article. From what direction are we most likely to see the encouragement of mass violence in America? Who is both the Fascist and the Communist

here? Sincerely, Richard W. Hoover Warren County

Engle’s Angle: It’s Super. Really? By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report NFL championship games on TV. I was looking forward to watching them, although I’m not sure why. With everything on my screen, and in my ears, it’s tough to actually follow the game. Or even see it. First of all, I now know every conceivable statistic that relates to all four teams. Were you aware that Baltimore ’s defense ranks best against the run whenever they’re playing on the road, after 4PM, and in stadiums named after insurance companies? Tom Brady, New England ’s quarterback, has the highest passer rating in the league whenever he eats Cap’n Crunch cereal the morning of a game in which the opponent’s mascot is a lion, a tiger or some type of bird. The San Francisco 49ers field goal kicker has never missed a kick at home that was less than 40 yards when he spent at least 35 bucks on gas and treated himself to a Peach Dragon Fruit Slurpee on his way to the game. And the Giants allow fewer points against teams who have yellow or purple jerseys. But only when they play them on the second Sunday of the month. Got that? And no matter how big your screen is, it’s not big enough. The networks cram so much stuff on it, it’s difficult to actually see the game. With just a quick glance, I know the score, the quarter, how much time remains, how many yards are needed for a first down and who’s televising the game. And depending on the broadcaster, I see yellow, red and blue lines superimposed on the field, showing me the line of scrimmage as well as the first down marker. I’m surprised they don’t have a moving colored line whenever the quarterback throws the ball. During the regular season, there’s even more, like the updated score of every game in the world, including that all important cricket match in India and the rugby final in New Zea-

land . It’s a wonder I can sleep at night after seeing so many things flash on my screen. If I want pop up ads, I can get those on line. And what about the endless self promotions? On Fox, it’s “In case you didn’t catch it the first thirty times we said it, American Idol will be on tonight after the game.” And over at CBS, “60 Minutes will be shown in its entirety after the broadcast, except on the West coast. And don’t forget about the Masters Golf Tournament. You know, the one that takes place three months from now? We’ll have that too.” Give me a break. Baseball’s not any better. They even have a small infield in the corner of the screen. A filled in diamond means there’s a runner on that base. You have to be an expert in symbols to decipher it all. And while I’m staring at that stuff, trying to crack the code, I’m missing the game itself. And when I do watch, I see a different ad behind home plate with every pitch. Here’s a suggestion for all the networks. Can I just watch the freakin’ game? That would be nice, but I’m not counting on it. If I can stay awake long enough to see the Super Bowl, after about 25 hours of pregame coverage, I’ll get more of the same. Statistics that make me scratch my head, a screen full of graphics, and 8000 promos for all of NBC’s new shows. No wonder why everyone likes the commercials.

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“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” – Nazi Minister of Propaganda Josef Goebbels

The Freedom Debate

Stereotypes and the battle for America’s soul Dissenting opinions – allowable in our ‘free-speech’ society?

Past propagandists like Nazi Josef Goebbels, under portrait of Adolph Hitler, knew the importance of suppressing both dissent and the truth.

While we respect our old acquaintance and fellow retired “state department” employee Dick Hoover’s opinions, we must raise profound objection to his tactic of demonizing our and other opinions raised in reprint in the “2011 Year in Review” article entitled “Patriotism 101: Not blind prejudice and lies”. First, we dispute Hoover’s conclusion, whether verbalized directly in his original letter or simply insinuated in his pub-

lished re-write, that our argument is a “case against America”. Rather, we see it as an argument for America and a return to the inclusive ideals upon which the nation was founded, rather than a blind endorsement of the worst policies nearly 230 years of social and political evolution have brought us to. Hoover labels not only us, but a former U.S. vice president, as old style Marxists agitators for pointing to dangers of domestic social

and political evolution that may threaten the fundamental nature and democratic principals of this nation. But most troubling in both versions of Hoover’s letter within the context of his own adherence to the very “blind prejudice and lies” we warned against as a false patriotism, he concludes by insinuating none-too-subtly that the expression of our opinion targets us for scrutiny as either a potential terrorist or one who would encourage violent terrorism against his own nation: “Let Roger make his case against America. We are a free speech country. But serious questions loom up from this article: from whose world view may we reasonably expect future violence, who is both the Fascist and the Communist here?” Hoover first wrote. In his second version, the question is re-phrased, “All in all, however, his target is not historical fascism, but capitalism and the free enterprise system. And as such, important questions loom out of this article. From what direction are we most likely to see the encouragement of mass violence in America? Who is both the Fascist and the Communist here?” So after some consideration it appears Hoover has re-defined his essential allegiance as not to a nation, but rather an economic system.

Old propagandists don’t die I guess it is not only “old soldiers” who “just fade away” as Gen. Douglas McArthur observed in his farewell to public life speech at West Point, but also “old state department” officials. You know those guys on either side of the political aisle, whose careers may have focused on justifications for

our own home-grown “agit-prop” (agitation-propaganda) as Hoover calls it – for destructive, violent, hypocritical and ultimately selfdefeating foreign policies. Perhaps pulling from an early handbook with which he was trained, Hoover lays the groundwork for the incarceration of a small-town newspaper editor for expressing an opinion other than

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ment, and perhaps torture (stop cheering out there – I hear you!), without rule of law as both the so-called Patriot Act and recent Defense Authorization Bill appear to have laid the groundwork for in our enlightened, “non-violent” and democratically-based Republic. Free speech societies It seems we live in a “free-speech society” as long as that speech or the thought behind it doesn’t cross Mr. Hoover or his intellectual brethren’s very slanted world view of blind adherence to national policies, right or wrong, moral or immoral. Dissent from “the Party line” – even the State Department line – and you are potentially violent, potentially a terrorist, fascist and communist all wrapped up into one. Yet Hoover equates political dissent aimed at legal, political and policy changes to our system with the fascist or communist totalitarian propensity toward violence to achieve their ends. Hoover states that I and Vice-

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the suppression of legitimate and peaceful political dissent. Yes, the fascist may be prone to violence, but that does not preclude a desire to disguise his true nature and achieve his ends through subterfuge and lies. Wasn’t one of German fascist dictator Adolph Hitler’s top officials, Minister of Propaganda Josef Goebbels? The majority of German people were not beaten into acceptance of the Nazi state; they simply believed the lies they were told by their leaders: · they believed that all their fellow citizens imprisoned, enslaved and murdered were terrorist threats to German society; · they believed each nation their

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their detention camps were called “Gulags”. Neither the political right nor left has a monopoly on the tendency toward extremism and concentration of rule in the hands of the few – it seems more a predominant symptom of human nature exposed to the acquisition of power. Target As mentioned above, Mr. Hoover also asserts that the real target of my opinion piece “Patriotism 101: not blind prejudice and lies” (Mid-July 2011 edition & reprinted, edited version Early January 2012) is not “historical fascism”, but rather “capitalism and the free-enterprise system”. He is half right. My target was, and will continue to be the perversion of capitalism and free enterprise into a new right-wing socio-economic-political structure that allows the grand industrialists and their modern corporate descendants (the one percent in the jargon of the Occupy Movement which has experienced its own “free-speech society” demonization and reactionary violence nationwide) to acquire great wealth, monopolize that wealth and how it is made; and with that wealth restructure American society into, well, into a distinctly American form of “corporate neo-fascism” – or just for you, Dick – “neo-corporate,

right-wing totalitarianism” or in Dwight Eisenhower’s lexicon, the “military-industrial-(congressional) complex”. Free-market capitalism, like any unbending ideology and its utopian vision of how the world works, whether it be monarchy (dictatorship of the royal blooded), communist (dictatorship of the proletariat or workers), fascist (dictatorship of the state), libertarian (dictatorship of the self ), or theocratic (dictatorship of those who say they speak for God), is doomed to failure. Why? Because none of these extremist visions take into account one crucial variable – the reality of people and the world in which human beings try to apply their ideologies upon the world. Unfortunately, human beings are neither innately good, equal in intellectual and emotional makeup, nor divinely inspired by blood, belief, or wealth. If history has shown us anything, it is that things won’t work themselves out if left to the design of an elite elevated by any particular ideology or self-imposed right. Over the last two and a half centuries Western democraticallybased, free-enterprise society has been viewed as the best hope for the world’s future, a future less prone to violence, slavery and economic oppression. That hope still exists – unfortunately in America the ideals upon which that hope was built are increasingly trampled under

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the foot of an unbending rightwing ideological hyperbole of bigotry, exclusion and partisan superiority based on wealth propagandized as the new American patriotism. It is the patriotism of the liar, it is the patriotism of the opportunist, and in the end it is the patriotism of the greedy – the takers. A rose by any other name But perhaps Mr. Hoover is right, with its stereotyped image of goose-stepping, brown and black-shirted “Prussian-style” fascists from Germany, Italy and Spain gathering up Jews, socialists, intellectuals, farmers, dissidents and Gypsies, we should have utilized a more distinctly American characterization of the corporate-elitist threat we believe our nation is facing today. Instead of “neo-corporate fascism” we could have used another term, say – “an industrialbanking oligarchy of the super rich and their military-judicialcongressional accomplices and contracted mercenaries, militarized local police forces, media and state-department propagandists engaged in the justification of perpetual war overseas for perpetual ‘peace’ at home” – or something like that.

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“We need to show the School Board that … we care about our children’s education! … I also want to remind you that these regulations mean no more Pizza parties, birthday celebrations, Easter parties, Valentines Day and …” – unhappy parent Delores Oates


No classroom food rewards – what have we come to? Parents, administrator debate safety versus classroom access to food Twinkies, double-cheese pizzas, and maybe even that old kid’s favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwiches). “Please don’t allow them to remain unaccountable to us on why this policy was enacted without a SCHOOL BOARD vote or Parental awareness!” (emphasis in context) Oates concludes in one post. Why? Okay, what does she think she’s up to, we asked McInnis. “We are not out to take away or infringe on anyone’s rights,” the superintendent replied. “To me it’s about allergies more than anything and the safety of the children.” McInnis said she was aware of the Facebook posts and protests against

the policy. However, she said contrary to some assertions, she, as superintendent, does have the authority to independently write and approve regulations within certain parameters – this was one such situation, she said. She noted that current statistics indicate one in every 25 American children has a food allergy and that the national school board association is contemplating recommending a similar policy nationwide. We asked McInnis about a rumor we heard that a lawsuit by parents of a child who had been stricken with a food allergy from a classroom handout led to the policy change. No, she said, adding that a complaint from a parent had led her to “rethink the issue of food in the classroom.”

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Education rescue personnel. Ammaria initially went to the school clinic from recess after developing hives and difficulty breathing. The girls’ parents said their daughter had an allergy to peanuts. School liability remained an issue at the time of the Jan. 5, ABC TV news report. Educational priorities “Celebrations are not prohibited but staff is prohibited from handing out food,” McInnis said of the current policy. In fact the announcement sent home with students in December points to the allergy issue and clearly states only that “school system employees will not use food as a learning tool” other than in classes in which the preparation of food is the class focus. The policy simply ASKS parental cooperation by “not sending food to school for celebrations” and states “We believe events can be celebrated in other ways than consumption of food.” Kids celebrate birthdays in class?!!? we asked somewhat incredulously. That never happened in either parochial or public schools I attended – though we admitted that was a millennium, or at least a “few” decades ago.

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McInnis replied that whether we were aware of it or not, times have changed on the public educational front. So we’ve heard … perpetual testing – SOLs, No Child Left Behind, and other non-educator formulated policies and guidelines … Back on track, she added that prior to the newest policy announcement some teachers had independently imposed their own classroom restrictions on food and other rewardbased celebrations due to infringements on instructional time in the classroom. “Another concern I have, say in a class of 20 – it’s nice that parents want their child to share their birthday with classmates. But in addition to the potential of allergic reactions, what about families that can’t afford to send food for the whole class. How will those kids feel when their birthday comes? Will they feel excluded?” McInnis asked.

dents may have; eliminating vending/ marketing of foods and beverages of questionable nutritional value; and notes a move toward healthier meal choices as part of the system’s contracted meal service. McInnis also points out that policy as it now reads, while discouraging it, does not prohibit parents from send-

ing snack foods to school with their child, nor the child sharing it, though that policy is currently under review. As for the directive in the wake of a Jan. 26th school board work session discussion, McInnis said she would review how both the wellness and classroom food policy was being implemented system wide, and that

it was applied consistently. In the end it appears it is the safety and health of the students at issue here, rather than some theoretical infringement on personal liberties. Those who don’t agree might want to contact the parents of the late Ammaria Johnson in Chesterfield County.


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Sayre alleges federal assault on religious freedom The national debate on where the practice of religion ends comes to town hall

Tom Sayre expresses conservative Catholic outrage at “choice” parameters mandated as part of affordable health care act. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The Front Royal Town Council meeting of Jan. 23rd took the kind of bizarre twist we have come to expect in the wake of the failure of a proposed February 2011 “Gentleman’s Agreement” that councilmen keep their comments confined to the business of the town. At least on this occasion, with an apparent head’s up on Tom Sayre’s

intention to address the national political scene, Mayor Tim Darr asked the councilman to leave his seat on the council dais and speak from the floor as part of the “Petitions and Correspondences from the Public” portion of the meeting. And while we thought even public comments at council meetings were supposed to focus on issues involving the town, we are grateful for every tiny step toward some form of order in the conduct of council business.

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One day after the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized earlystage abortion under Constitutionally-protected rights to privacy of person, citizen Sayre accused President Barack Obama of mandating that “religious institutions and organizations” be “compelled to provide birth control and contraceptive drugs” in a liberal, federal assault on both individual conscience and religious freedom. At issue for Sayre and other profetal life Catholics nationwide is whether church-affiliated, pro-life organizations that provide health care services to not only members of their own faith, but others outside the church should be exempted from compliance with federal laws on the grounds of religious freedom. The issue is at the root of much of the national political debate in this presidential election year. “Sadly and unfortunately yet again another government body has made a bold move, a move that will test the resolve of the freedom of conscience of people of good will, and unfortunately court intervention might become necessary,” Sayre began in bringing the issue before town government.

“Now freedom of conscience is a sacred gift of God, not a grant from the state. No government has the right to compel citizens to violate their conscience. The Obama Administration through its Health and Human Ser-

vices has announced that religious institutions and organizations will be compelled to provide birth control and contraceptive drugs that induce abortion early in a woman’s pregnancy,” Sayre continued. “It is ironic that


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by worshipping the cult of choice this government administration has determined that religious organizations lack the freedom to act in fidelity with their beliefs,” Sayre continued. “The White House has sold the First Amendment for a few pennies of political support from the ACLU and the abortion lobby.” Big Brother or what? Alright, I’m on this I thought at the conclusion of Sayre’s Jan. 23rd remarks. How did this one slip by me and the national news media? Was it possible that facing a tough re-election campaign and the possibility of a one-term presidency, Barack Obama had totally lost his mind and decided to become the liberal Big Brother right-wing hysterics have labeled him for three years? While I may be progressive and left of center, I don’t believe leftists and liberals should be allowed to dictate personal behavior any more than I believe right-wing conservatives should. We called and e-mailed Sayre the following day in an attempt to pin down the legislative mandate from the Executive Branch he had referenced. In a return call that day he cited a Jan. 20th announcement from

the federal Health & Human Services Department concerning the cost and availability of contraceptives to all American women through the Affordable Health Care Act. We were somewhat taken aback, as we were aware of an Obama-Biden Re-election Committee press release about the updated affordable health care mandate. Our perception was that it simply states that as part of the Affordable Health Care Act, all insurance companies must make contraceptives available to women without deductibles or co-pays by Aug. 1, 2012. However at issue for pro-fetal-life Catholics like Sayre is the position of religious-affiliated organizations that provide health care coverage for non-Catholic clients, including students, patients and employees. As we were informed by a spokesperson for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which released a scathing attack on the health care mandate (see related story), at issue is not just the Jan. 20th announcement from Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of deadlines for compliance to the affordable health care act. Rather, it is that the deadline announcement does not alter already imposed conditions of the Affordable Health Care Act on what type

“The White House has sold the First Amendment for a few pennies of political support from the ACLU and the abortion lobby.” – Tom Sayre of faith-based organizations – ones providing services, including health care, outside the faith – cannot receive religious exemptions. Are the allegations valid or simply ongoing partisan alarmism, expressed as part of annual pro-fetal-life demonstrations against federal law allowing choice in matters of women’s health, particularly regarding sexual behavior and reproductive rights? If for some the issue is multi-faceted with the conscience and freedoms of all citizens at stake, for others such complexities vanish under the specter of religious fervor and political partisanship. The alarm Sayre brought to the halls of Front Royal town government on Jan. 23rd was soon echoed in conservative Catholic publications nationwide.

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Escaped work release inmate captured in Richmond The evening of Jan. 24, an inmate wanted by the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office since failing to return from a work release assignment on Dec. 19, was apprehended by authorities in Richmond. Theodore James Shuck, 31, was a passenger in an automobile stopped for speeding in the City of Richmond. During questioning by the officer information on Shuck’s identity was obtained. Shuck admitted he was wanted in Warren County. The Richmond officer verified the Theodore James Shuck - information and Shuck was arrested at the scene. He was later home for the holidays? returned to the Warren County Jail, where one might assume he has lost his work release privileges. Shuck was originally serving time for construction fraud and drug distribution. A misdemeanor warrant was issued after his December flight from work release. (Info from two releases)

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“If the government thinks it IS right for people to use contraception, it can certainly facilitate that without making all Catholic organizations its robotic slaves in the matter.” – Secretariat of ProLife Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Richard Doerflinger

The Freedom Debate

The birth-control mandate, exemptions and concerns Where does the practice of religion end and political lobbying begin?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website - the bishops say HHS mandate destroys religious freedom.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report What has raised alarm bells, not only with one local Catholic politician, but fellow pro-fetallife activists, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, regarding federal mandates on affordable health care, including the availability of birth control? The announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Jan. 20th states, “In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule that will require most health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women including recommended contraceptive services without charging a co-pay,

co-insurance or a deductible. The rule allows certain non-profit religious employers that offer insurance to their employees the choice of whether or not to cover contraceptive services. “Today the department is announcing that the final rule on preventive health services will ensure that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended preventive services, including all FDA-approved forms of contraception … This decision was made after very careful consideration, including the important concerns some have raised about religious liberty, I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting re-

ligious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services. “The administration remains fully committed to its partnerships with faith-based organizations, which promote healthy communities and serve the common good. And this final rule will have no impact on the protections that existing conscience laws and regulations give to health care providers,” Sebelius said of the federal perspective on religious exemptions. Of the rationale for this specific portion of affordable health care legislation, Sebelius said, “Scientists have abundant evidence that birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families, it is documented to significantly reduce health costs, and is the most commonly taken drug in America by young and middle-aged women. This rule will provide women with greater access to contraception by requiring coverage and by prohibiting cost sharing.” An Obama-Biden Re-election Committee press release acknowledging the announced deadlines and ongoing conditions for exemptions states, “Thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act, more women can make health care decisions based on what is

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Catholic Bishops’ reaction to the Jan. 20th statement on the HHS health care deadlines and ongoing guidelines takes a similar tone. Under the headline “U.S. Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edict” three bold sub-headlines read: · “Unconscionable to force citizens to buy contraceptives against their will;” · “No change in limited exemption, only delay in enforcement;” · “Matter of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion.” The bishops’ press release con-

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Minor injuries in bike-town trash truck accident Front Royal police investigated a traffic crash on Monday, January 30 at approximately 10:43 a.m. involving a Town of Front Royal trash truck and a bicyclist. The crash happened at the intersection of North Shenandoah Avenue and West 17th Street. The bicyclist, 21-year-old Christopher Roemer of Capon Bridge, WV was riding his bicycle northbound on the sidewalk. The trash truck, operated by 35-year-old Bryan D. Temple of Pin Oak Lane, Winchester, was travelling north on North Shenandoah Avenue and turned right onto West 17th Street. As the truck turned, Roemer ran into the truck. Roemer was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. The crash was investigated by Officer J. Mumaw and no charges were placed in the incident.

best for them – not their insurance company – all while saving hundreds of dollars every year.” Okay, I wondered if I was missing the part where unwilling priests or any spiritual leader would be forced to hand out birth control to unwilling members of the faith under the gun of liberal federal authority.

than sowing herbs or struggling with tomatoes (not saying other people struggle to get big red tomatoes, but I sure do), look into planting vegetables or flowers native to your area. For example, residents of coastal Virginia or Maryland might want to look at Annapolis Seeds (http://www., which produces seeds native to the Maritimes. Have an old, leaky garden hose you don’t know what to do with? Use a section of hose as a blade guard for a hand saw. A number of online garden planners also are out there. These can help you lay out and plan your outdoor garden, offer hints and ideas, and generally make this stage of gardening more fun, or as fun as it can be when you’re anxious to get outside and start turning over dirt. Send your questions or tips to ask@, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The Freedom Debate tinues, “To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.” “A line has been crossed – HHS decision called an attack on religion” the front page of the Jan. 26th edition of “The Arlington Catholic Herald” screamed. Religion or not religion?

Kiwanis greets EWM Principal Margaret Holmes The Kiwanis Club of Front Royal fills its mission every week of helping children in our community by having guest speakers that get to the “meat” of the situation with kids. Recently, Margaret Holmes, principal at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School, spoke to the group about issues surrounding school certification under current governmental guidelines. Her staff makes every effort to teach all children and support them where necessary with special programs. Kiwanis meets weekly at Mom’s Restaurant at 6 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about the club please come to our dinner meeting or call (540) 671-9156 for more information. Our motto is “Helping our Community – One Child at a Time.”

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After, dare I say a spirited exchange on where the line between the practice of religion and provision of faith-based services is drawn, we agreed to disagree about which side was in the end blind in this debate of law in a secular society in which the practice of all faiths, or no faith at all, is to be treated equally.

Catholic hospitals and Catholic charities don’t check your baptismal certificate at the door before saving your life or providing you with food or housing,” Doerflinger said. “Here is the government, telling you that you are not ‘religious enough’ for a religious exemption the more Christ-like you are! “In any case, the Church is not telling people they must work for the Church, and is not even stopping those who do work for the Church from purchasing prescription contraceptives, or prescription contraception coverage. It is just declining to help do so itself. If the government thinks it IS right for people to use contraception, it can certainly facilitate that without making all Catholic organizations its robotic slaves in the matter,” Doerflinger added. But isn’t that the fundamental dispute of this debate on Constitutional protections, we asked. It seems that neither the church, nor affiliated organizations serv-

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ing the faithful are being mandated to comply and become “robotic slaves” of the federal government. Rather, the exemption is only denied to faith-based organizations that operate outside the parameters of the direct practice of religion and whose clientele may include a significant number of non-believers. But Doerflinger reiterated that for Catholics the exemption is too narrow, potentially reaching Catholic-operated schools, hospitals, counseling services and non-profits serving a client base both inside and outside the faith. “I’m afraid your definition of ‘spiritual matters’ is far too narrow for Catholicism,” he told us. “Our spirit drives us to serve other people’s basic bodily needs … To us health care is not a ‘business’ but a ministry, and we are called to serve everyone without exception.” After, dare I say a spirited exchange on the issue, we agreed to disagree about which side was in the end “blind” in this debate of

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But we wondered if the issue wasn’t more complex, with the conscience and rights of both those of a certain faith and those outside that faith at stake. After reading the entire Jan. 20th HHS announcement, its original mandate and the Catholic bishops’ reaction, we e-mailed both Front Royal Councilman Tom Sayre and the contact person for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. What are we missing, we asked? While Sayre declined to elaborate on his comments at the council meeting, Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic

Bishops Richard Doerflinger responded in detail to our questions. At issue is for the Catholic bishops, is what they believe is too narrow a definition of organizations allowed exemptions based on religious freedom. That definition includes four criteria, all of which must be met, Doerflinger pointed out: 1/ The employer must have the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; 2/ hire primarily people of its own religious faith; 3/ serve primarily people of its own faith; 4/ AND be tax-exempt under a very narrow section of tax law that is designed for churches and religious orders. So what’s the problem, we asked. Shouldn’t religious exemptions be based on the practice of religion to the faithful, rather than provision of services to citizens who may not share the provider’s religious belief system? “In a word NO,” Doerflinger replied. “Very few Catholic organizations can meet this test – for example, Catholic schools obviously educate non-Catholic students – in the inner city, the percentage of non-Catholic students can go well above 50 percent – and

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The Freedom Debate

A different Catholic perspective lauds HHS announcement guessing he is a Republican. But I don’t believe it is truly Republican to ask for the use of governmental intervention to ride roughshod over the opinions of others.

To say I care about the bishops’ opinion more than that of others, I find ludicrous and laughable because they are speaking from their own special interests.”

WOW, not even as black and white an issue within the Catholic community as we may have been led to believe.

GOLD’S GYM Catholics for Choice President Jon O’Brien says the bishops are crying “Wolf”.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report As we said in one of two related articles, the conflicting issues of women’s rights to reproductive choice versus religious freedom are multi-faceted and complex. In fact, the moral outrage and alarm expressed by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops and other pro-fetal life Catholic advocates does not even represent the opinion of all Catholics and Catholic organizations. In a Jan. 20 statement on its website, Catholics for Choice lauded the Health & Human Services announcement of deadlines and continued parameters for religious exemptions to health care providers on the provision of birth control without co-pays or deductibles. Under the headline “President Obama Finally Does the Right Thing for Women” CFC states, “President Obama listened to all of the women and men who called, e-mailed and wrote to the White House to express their support for family planning decisions staying in the hands of women. In so doing, he remained true to the original vision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and refused to bend the knee to intense lobbying from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic healthcare industry and other special interests who wanted him to expand a refusal clause that would have denied millions of women access to affordable family planning.”

In the statement, Catholics for Choice President Jon O’Brien states, “The bishops pulled out all the stops in their campaign against women’s access to contraception. The Obama administration stood with those who support religious liberty and believe in giving women the freedom of conscience to make their own reproductive health decisions.” The CFC statement of Jan. 20th adds, “In the final analysis, this was a victory for common sense and scientific advice in the interests of the common good … The battle over this issue is a warning about what is to come, especially as the bishops are playing the victim card in their pleas for special treatment and their false assertions about alleged attacks on religious freedom.” In fact, Catholics for Choice called the exemption, or refusal clause that is such a point of contention for the bishops “still too expansive, denying many women … affordable access to contraception.” In a follow-up interview by phone, O’Brien told us, “I certainly respect the opinions and views of conservative Catholics – they should be respected. The problem is when they want to put their opinions in as public policy. “Being American or being Catholic, we should believe in being allowed to follow our conscience. If someone doesn’t want to take birth control, they shouldn’t be forced to; and if they do, they should be allowed to. “As for your local politician, I’m


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that this “personhood” status starts “from the moment of conception.” Marshall said HB 1 is significant for several reasons. Democrats agree the bill is significant but for reasons other than those put forth by its sponsor. They see it as part of an extremist Republican social agenda aimed at reversing legal options now available to women not only on the availability of abortion, but potentially other forms of birth control as well. Sen. A. Donald McEachin, chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, called the bill “an attack on women’s rights.” Delegate Charniele Herring, DAlexandria, agreed. She said there is “overwhelming and legitimate concern” because the full ramifications of Marshall’s proposal have not been determined. “The patron assumes many things with his legislation, in which the language is not consistent with scientific or medical terminology related to the process of becoming pregnant,” Herring said. Herring said HB 1 could make certain forms of birth control illegal. “It may outlaw some forms of the birth control which are FDA-approved, which in addition to acting as birth control also has uses such

as treatment of endometriosis,” Herring said. Medically assisted pregnancy

While HB 1 targets medical means of stopping fetal development from the moment of conception, it does not eliminate medically-assisted conception – “Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as affecting lawful assisted conception,” Marshall’s bill states. Marshall counters claims his bill is detrimental to women’s health rights by equating a cellular entity with the potential of developing into a female embryo with an adult female capable of critical thought about decisions impacting her own life. “As far as they know, roughly half of the ‘kids’ aborted are females. How is saying that a mother can sue for the wrongful death of a [potential] female child an attack on women’s rights?” Marshall, a fundamentalist religious conservative, asks. “We have a situation in Virginia where a pregnant woman can be shot, and if you kill the baby, it’s feticide. But she can’t recover damages separately in a civil lawsuit. That’s kind of an anomaly,” Marshall says.

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In past years, when Democrats controlled the Virginia Senate, such bills usually died in the Senate Education and Health Committee. “This committee kills all abortion bills,” Marshall said. “In 21 years, I have seen only one bill go through the Senate Education and Health Committee.” But Marshall is hopeful this year will be different. The Republicans not only control the House of Delegates, but last fall, they won two previously Democratic seats in the Senate. Now the upper chamber is equally split between the two parties. That increases the chances that anti-abortion legislation will make it out of the Senate Education and Health Committee and to the Senate floor for a vote. “Right now, it’s a swing issue.” Marshall said. “There’s a swing vote in that committee, and I can’t predict which way it will go.” On the Web You can track or comment on House Bill 1 on the Richmond Sunlight website:

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RICHMOND – A bill requiring a woman to get, and in some cases pay for, an ultrasound before having an abortion has cleared a crucial committee and been sent to the Senate floor for a vote next week. Senate Bill 484, which was sponsored by Sen. Jill Holtzman-Vogel, R-Winchester, says that before a pregnant woman gets an abortion, an ultrasound exam must be performed and the woman must have an opportunity to view the sonogram image of her fetus and hear the fetal heartbeat. Currently, women seeking an abortion have the option to get an ultrasound. All eight Republicans on the Senate Education and Health Committee voted in favor of the measure, SB 484. All seven Democrats on the panel voted against it. After the 87 committee vote of Jan. 26th, the proposal will be considered by the full Senate on Monday, Jan 30. Under SB 484, an ultrasound would

be required to determine the gestational age of the fetus. The medical professional who performs the sonogram exam would have to get “written certification … whether the woman availed herself of the opportunity to see the ultrasound image or hear the fetal heartbeat.” “It’s a major step back for women’s health issues,” said Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk, who is a doctor. “I’m also concerned as a provider that this is the government getting in our business and telling us how we should practice medicine. It severely and significantly affects the provider-patient relationship. That is a decision that should be between the physician and the patient, and the government should have nothing to do with it.” A professor of neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Northam was among the seven Democrats on the Senate Education and Health Committee who opposed SB 484. Northam said he believes a statemandated sonogram requirement would make it more difficult for a

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woman to obtain an abortion. Despite Northam and other opponents’ worries over state interference with both the doctor-patient relationship and access to a legal medical procedure, Vogel said she does not want her bill getting tangled up in the debate over abortion. Rather than a stumbling block to getting an abortion, she said the purpose of her bill is simply informed consent. “Why wouldn’t you want to be more educated about the procedure you’re going to undertake?” Vogel asks. Despite that assertion, some opponents might find it ironic that conservative Republicans who mouth support of smaller, less intrusive government are willing to mandate a medical procedure upon citizens not for health reasons, but rather as a last ditch means of convincing them not to proceed with a legallyavailable procedure. Varying reactions The Family Foundation of Virginia, which opposes abortion rights, hailed Thursday’s vote as “the first passage of a substantial pro-life bill through the Senate Education and Health Committee in nine years.” NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia,

which supports abortion rights, said the bill “invades the doctor-patient relationship and forces a patient to undergo and pay for, in some cases, a procedure that may not be medically relevant or necessary.” Pro-life initiatives

Four bills before the General Assembly this year would mandate an ultrasound before an abortion. Sen. Ralph K. Smith, R-Salem, a member of the Education and Health Committee, proposed such legislation – SB 279. It was incorporated into Vogel’s bill before the committee’s vote. Two Republican delegates – Mark Cole of Fredericksburg and Kathy Byron of Lynchburg –also are sponsoring ultrasound measures: House Bill 261 and HB 462. Such legislation is likely to pass the House, which is dominated by Republicans. Vogel said she believes that the bill will draw enough bipartisan support in the Senate to pass and that it eventually will go to Gov. Bob McDonnell to be signed into law. Northam reluctantly agreed. “I would predict, and I can certainly never be in a position to speak for my fellow senators, but it will prevail on the floor in, I would say, probably

like a 22-18 vote – in that ballpark,” Northam said. “Twenty other states have done it. I think you’ll ultimately find that most states will do it. It passes with a huge amount of bipartisan support,” Vogel claims. The first bill presented in the Virginia House this year was Manassas Republican Bob Marshall’s “Personhood” bill, HB 1, that would declare a fetus a person at the moment of conception, with all the legal rights of a person under state law (see related story). Historically, Democrats have controlled the Senate Education and Health Committee and the Senate as a whole and have been able to stop many bills they saw as attacks on abortion rights. This year, the Senate is split 20-20 between Democrats and Republicans, and Republicans have a one-vote majority on the Senate Education and Health Committee – which was all they needed to advance the bill. On the Web To track or comment on Senate Bill 484, visit the Richmond Sunlight website: www.richmondsunlight. com/bill/2012/sb484/

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Bills would repeal HPV vaccine requirement What’s next – will state Republicans fight polio vaccine? By Pia Talwar Capital News Service RICHMOND – In 2007, the General Assembly passed a law requiring girls to be vaccinated against the cancercausing human papillomavirus before entering the sixth grade. Now, two measures before the General Assembly would repeal that requirement: House Bill 95, proposed by Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas; and HB 1112, sponsored by Republican Delegates Kathy Byron of Lynchburg and Timothy Hugo of Centreville. HPV is spread by skin-to-skin and sexual contact. It can cause cervical cancer in women and genital warts in both men and women. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil as an effective vaccine against HPV. Medical experts recommended that girls receive the vaccine at age 11 or 12 for the best protection. In the United States, nearly 10,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year; and 3,700 women die from it. Gardasil is given in three

doses over six months. Each dose costs about $130, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It’s strange that we would mandate this,” Marshall said. Some parents object to having their daughters take the HPV vaccine, usually sold under the brand name Gardasil. You are putting parents against the power of the state,” Marshall says. “This is pressuring the parents, and I don’t think it should be done.” Unnecessary?

overturn it. She said that the vaccine has not been adequately tested and that the General Assembly acted hastily in 2007. Last year, Byron’s bill to repeal the HPV vaccination law passed the House but died in the Senate Health and Education Committee, which at the time was dominated by Democrats. This year, because of GOP gains in the Senate, Republicans control that committee. No action has been taken yet on Marshall’s bill. But in mid-January, a subcommittee took up HB 1112 and voted 6-2 in

favor of the measure. It now goes to the full committee for consideration. If Virginia keeps its HPV vaccination requirement, Marshall has proposed another measure – HB 824. It would make the state liable for any injury caused by the vaccine. How They Voted: · Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions voted 6-2 on Thursday to recommend approval of House Bill 1112, which would repeal Virginia’s law requiring girls to get

the HPV vaccine. · All five Republicans on the subcommittee voted for the bill: Delegates Richard Bell of Staunton, Scott Garrett of Lynchburg, John O’Bannon of Henrico, Christopher Peace of Mechanicsville and Margaret Ransone of Kinsale. They were joined by Democratic Delegate Algie Howell of Norfolk. · Voting against HB 1112 were Democratic Delegates Joseph Morrissey of Richmond and Lionell Spruill of Chesapeake.

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Hundreds protest stricter voter ID laws Democrats allege partisan push to assure Virginia doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go Obama again By Alex Wiggins & Amir Vera Capital News Service RICHMOND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Several hundred citizens joined Democratic officials and civil rights leaders at the Capitol on January 31st to rally against bills they say would suppress the voting rights of minorities, elderly people and lowincome Virginians. The bills would require Virginia residents to present identification, such as a birth certificate or driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, before voting. Some Democrats charge that Republicans are pushing for the changes to target Virginians who likely would vote Democratic. Nationally, opponents of the more detailed voter ID drive have asserted such laws would make the U.S. the most restrictive open Western society on exercise of the fundamental right to vote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that these voter suppression activities are designed with a strategic purpose in mind,â&#x20AC;? said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a systemic approach to suppressing the voting power of those who turned Virginia blue in 2008,â&#x20AC;? when the state supported Barack Obama for president. The rally involved several political organizations, including the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and

the Democratic caucuses of the House and Senate. They were joined by groups such as the AFL-CIO, the NAACP, the Virginia Poverty Law Center, the Sierra Club and the AARP, the major advocacy group for older Americans. Also at the protest were U.S. Rep. Robert C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobbyâ&#x20AC;? Scott of Newport News and civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis, who was an assistant to the Rev. Martin Luther King and served as head of the NAACP. Chavis said the proposals evoke Jim Crow days, when whites used poll taxes and other intimidation to prevent blacks from voting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the New South,â&#x20AC;? he told the crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people over there in the [General Assembly] building â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Old South.â&#x20AC;? Demonstrators surrounded the Bell Tower at the southwest corner of Capitol Square at 10 a.m. They wore stickers that read â&#x20AC;&#x153;Protect Our Vote! We Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Afford To Go Backwardsâ&#x20AC;? and hoisted signs. Prayer and song preceded and followed several speakers.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since 1965, we have made every effort to expand the right to vote, to make it easier to vote. But now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing people turn back the clock,â&#x20AC;? said Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s widespread voter fraud. Where is the evidence? It does not exist.â&#x20AC;? Republicans say the bills are intended to prevent voter fraud, but Democrats say voter fraud hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a problem in Virginia. Under current law, someone without a voter registration card or other identification can vote by signing an affidavit that â&#x20AC;&#x153;he is the named registered voter who he claims to be.â&#x20AC;?

card or an employee ID card with a photo â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or else cast a provisional ballot. Opponents say SB 1 would discourage many people from voting. They said, for example, that elderly Virginians may not have a birth certificate or driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It undermines the very foundation of our democracy, the right to vote,â&#x20AC;? said Brian Moran, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy. We should be encouraging and expanding the opportunities to engage in our democracy

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voter’s identity. Among those supporting the new voter ID requirement in the House were Todd Gilbert (R-15th), Beverly Sherwood (R-29th), and Mike Webert (R-18th), all representing portions of Warren County, as well as Bob Marshall, (R-13th Manassas). “The legislation debated today will cause confusion at the polls, deter lawful voters from voting, and create chaos for our already stressed election officials,” said Delegate Mark Sickles of Franconia, who chairs the

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House Democratic Caucus. “A clear and convincing reason why these bills are needed has yet to be articulated in committee or on the floor.” However, Delegate David Albo, RFairfax (notable for his past sponsorship of civil remedial driver’s fees), said critics of HB 9 are making false claims about the bill (Albo also accused this and other media outlets of false claims when the stories on the true nature of civil remedial fees broke in 2008). “Most people who are against it are saying it denies people

the right to vote. They need to read the bill – it does not deny anyone the right to vote,” Albo said. “If they don’t have an ID, they vote a provisional ballot. All provisional ballots are counted as long as it is not determined that the vote is fraudulent. So, everyone’s vote still gets counted.” Restriction is the message By supporting such bills as HB 9 and SB 1, legislators are sending a message to the people, said Tram

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ing,” he said. More recently he spent two years as head chef at Anthony’s Italian Cuisine in Millwood. “I had the pizzeria, but I wanted to take the challenge and go into more of a restaurant than a fast food place, and Juan loves the presentation of food,” Toni said. And he does make it look good. Some of his Italian specialties are: Salmon Florentine; Chicken Marsala; Shrimp Aglia e Olio; Frutti di Mare; Salmon Casteriana; and Seafood Alla Fornia. “I love to cook for people, I get satisfaction and joy and have pride as a chef,” Juan added. So far, their business is doing well, and they were very busy around the Holidays. “People come in and say they like it because it’s clean, with a beautiful atmosphere and fantastic food,” she added. The fantastic flavor, no doubt, is due to their practice of making everything fresh. “None of the food is frozen, and we make it as we go,” Toni said proudly. Toni is from a family of restaurateurs and she came to this area from New Jersey in 1971 because her family owned restaurants in the Winchester and Front Royal vicinity, but her roots extend all the way back to Palermo, Sicily. And Juan is originally from Uruguay. They live in Stephens City, and have five children between them-all teenagers and adults. Toni’s brothers and mom still live here, too. The restaurant offers more than just Italian dishes and Greek salads, sandwiches and hamburgers are available. There’s also a menu especially for children, featuring pasta and chicken tenders. There’s also a variety of unique pizzas. Toni says that she has regular customers who come in just for the Margarita pizza.

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AMP Fremont opening adds to the town’s GOOD energy news By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The day after being briefed on “the good, the bad and the ugly” of its American Municipal Power (AMP) energy cooperative membership, the Town of Front Royal released information on two aspects of “the good” of that membership – one of the state’s lowest municipal electric rates and the opening of AMP’s Fremont power plant. The big and overriding good news is not only current low rates, but the prospect of long-term price savings in a diversified energy portfolio. At a Jan. 30th council work session, Town Director of Energy Services Joe Waltz summarized the diversification strategy he has been pivotal in pushing forward since 2006 and Hurricane Katrina’s impact on huge spikes in energy market prices, and at the time, the town’s market-reliant electrical prices as well. One piece of the GOOD news stemming from that diversified portfolio was Waltz’s acknowledgement of a state press release identifying the town as one of the lowest priced providers of energy

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Town Energy Director Joe Waltz and AMP rep Pam Sullivan field questions, as Mayor Darr, seated, presides.

Corp. A total of 86 AMP member utilities are receiving power from the facility, including the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, which joined the organization last year. The facility will also supply energy to the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and the Michigan Public Power Agency.”

The UGLY The “UGLY” summarized at the work session was a now-estimated $789,354 in “Stranded Costs” to the town by AMP’s decision to drop the first power plant project the town opted into after joining the municipal energy cooperative

in 2006. On the bright side of that possibly lost revenue, is that the abandoned project was a coal-fired power plant, one of the most polluting types of energy production. The lost investment to the town could also eventually be re-directed into other AMP projects, and Sullivan explained AMP has filed a lawsuit against contracted consultant Bechtel Corporation in excess of $100 million. The suit claims negligence in the corporate giant’s cost projections for the coal plant project. The current stranded cost projection for the town has already dropped over $500,000 from an original estimate of $1.3 million. Council is pondering how best to deal with the stranded costs. Five options range from a lump sum payment of the current amount to several staggered payment plans with various re-investment options attached. Councilman Shae Parker asked Sullivan were the council to opt for the up-front payment and the eventual total owed by the town was less, would the town receive

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‘Marshall Law’ - armed & dangerous education? A new ‘Marshall Plan’ would allow campus faculty to pack heat in class By Brian Hill Capital News Service RICHMOND – Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas has proposed a bill that would allow full-time faculty members to carry guns on college campuses. House Bill 91 would ban policies by public institutions of higher education that prohibit full-

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Senate approves lifting ban on Sunday hunting By Brad Fulton Capital News Service RICHMOND – Virginians are one step closer to being able to hunt on Sundays. On a 29-11 vote Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that would allow Sunday hunting on private land. Sen. Ralph Northam, a Democrat from Norfolk, introduced Senate Bill 464. Originally, it would have completely lifted the state’s ban on hunting on Sundays. A committee folded into SB 464 legislation by Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, to permit Sunday hunting “on private property, either as a landowner, the landowner’s spouse or the children of the landowner, or with the written permission of the landowner.” At the request of Sen. Charles Carrico, R-Galax, senators further amended the measure to prohibit hunters from hunting within 250 yards of a place of worship. Of the 20 Democratic senators, 17 for the bill and three voted against it. Of the 20 Republican senators,

12 voted for the bill and eight voted against it. “I’m glad that the Senate acted decisively today to roll back an archaic restriction on a constitutional right in Virginia,” Petersen said after the floor vote. The bill would rescind a state law that prohibits hunting on Sunday on public or private land, declaring it a “rest day for all species of wild bird and wild animal life, except raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.” Gov. Bob McDonnell said last week that he agrees with lifting the ban on hunting on Sundays on private property. Opposition to lifting the ban has come from groups such as the Virginia Farm Bureau and the Virginia Humane Society. Petersen noted that the National Rifle Association supports his efforts to eliminate the ban on Sunday hunting. According to a survey, two-thirds of licensed hunters in Virginia support hunting on Sundays, Petersen said. The bill now goes to the Virginia House of Delegates. If passed, the measure could open up Sunday

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R-MA swimmers down Fishburne, climb to 11-3-2 Qian joins Blankenship, 200-meter medley team as state qualifiers The Randolph-Macon Academy Swim Team defeated Fishburne Friday afternoon, Jan. 27, on the campus of R-MA by a score of 123-80. This marked the 11th straight victory for the Yellow Jacket Boy’s team to raise their record to 11-3-2 overall, with one invitational meet left this season. Of special note at the meet was the state qualifying mark of 58.08 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke by R-MA Freshman swimmer Cheng Qian (state qualifying time is 1:02:00). Already qualifying for states for the Yellow Jacket swimmers this year are Tanner Blankenship in the 200 meter Individual Medley, and the 200-meter Individual Medley Relay team of Tanner Blankenship, Cheng Qian, Dakoda Twenhafel and Gwi Woong Jung. Also participating in this past Friday’s meet were the Yellow Jacket JV swimmers, led by RMA’s 100-yard freestyle winner, 6th grader Evan Anderton.

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Boy I really hate all that car noise. I’m hanging out on my front branch and all I hear is voom, voom, voom. My whole tree vibrates and rattles so much my acorns crack while in winter storage. So I feel for you when you want to sit outside and enjoy your back yard. But while I can’t do anything, you can do some planting to help block some of the noise.

Sound waves either bounce off or are absorbed by different materials. Plants have the property to cause both. So if you have the space, the best way to block noise is to plant several rows of trees and shrubs. Each row should be a different height and the heights of each row would alternate as well. In other words, there will be a taller row, a shorter row, then a taller row, then a medium sized row. Also, use different types and different shapes of plants. Mixing evergreen, deciduous, tall, short, big leaves, small needles, fine textures, coarser plants, twigs, and branches not only look good but they will break up that sound far more effectively than single plant types.

But, if space is an issue, put in a fence and try to plant both sides with the thickest layers as possible. Again use lots of different types of plants rather than one type. There are other options which can be used if you don’t have enough room to plant rows of trees and shrubs which helps as a noise distraction. You can add a water feature with a nice splash, wind chimes, noise makers, or even plants that create sound like grasses that whisper as they move against each other to help mask the sounds from the highway. You humans tend to focus more on the closer sounds and tune out the general car noise. Very clever of you. - Stewart

The Front Royal/Warren County Tree Steward program began in 1997 with volunteers dedicated to improving the health of trees by providing educational programs, tree planting and care demonstrations, and tree maintenance throughout the community. The group now consists of over 30 active members with several interns working toward becoming certified tree stewards from our annual “All About Trees Class”. Each month Stewart will answer a question from our readers. Please forward it to “Stewart” in care of and we may publish it in a future issue. Please visit our website at

Humane Society of Warren County

Monday thru Sunday 10 am to 4 pm- Closed Wednesdays • 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA • 540-635-4734 • Please be sure your pets at home are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Dog adoption available on Sat. 10 - 2 at Petco • Cat adoption available on Sat. 10 - 2 at Southern States Check out our other adoptable pets on Please join the Humane Society of Warren County. Membership dues help HSWC provide compassionate care to abandoned, abused, homeless and neglected animals in our community. Membership Dues: Individual $30, Family $50, Student and Senior Citizen $15, Business $200, Patron (life member) $1,500. Please stop by the shelter or call 540-635-4734 for info. Dogs: Adoption Fee $30 Spay/Neuter Fee $65-$100 Cats: Adoption Fee $15 Spay/Neuter Fee $45-$60



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Party and support Blue Ridge Opportunities

Eye Soar will rock the Elks house for Blue Ridge Opportunities Blue Ridge Opportunities will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Dance and fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Elk’s Lodge on Guard Hill Road from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food – very good and lots of it, we have been promised – will be provided. Local, classic rock band Eye Soar – always a good show – will provide the live entertainment with sound by John Bracken. The event is BYOB, with mixers and beer available at a cash bar. Tickets are $20 per couple or $15 for singles. Call (540) 636-4960 to reserve or for more information. Come out and have a great time with great entertainment for this great community, non-profit organization.

Town’s oldest employee back on the job

Philip Funk, at 93 this April, continues as the Town’s oldest employee. Philip returned to his job at the Manassas Street Refuse and Recycling Center on Feb. 2, after a lengthy recovery from a car-train collision last September (he was in the car). Funk was driving from work when he was blind-sided by a train (he looked left, the train came from the right at an un-gated crossing). Funk recuperated from a hip injury at Lynn Care Center for a spell and then had to pass the driver’s test to regain his license. He says he couldn’t be happier about being back on the job checking cars in and out of the refuse disposal site. Photo Malcolm Barr Sr.

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