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PAUL LACHINE
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Date published: 11/6/2012

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Mr. Kaine's idea of making the United States "a talent economy," drawing the world's brightest to these shores and allowing them to thrive in an atmosphere of economic liberty, is a plausible formula for American resurgence. It's worked for Singapore; it should work for us.

;">For House of Representatives (1st District)--Rob Wittman

Mr. Wittman (R) has served at every level of government--local (Montross Town Council), state (Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors), and federal (Congress since 2008)--which gives him a thorough understanding of his constituents and how decisions made inside the Beltway affect farmers and fishermen, businesspeople and pensioners, police officers and firefighters. This experiential capital is hard to replace.

Though a reliable Republican vote in most cases, Mr. Wittman, an environmental scientist, has parted ways with his more doctrinaire peers on the environment; his voting record shows an appreciation, for example, of the fragile ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.

A word on Mr. Wittman's opponent, Adam Cook (D). He is an Air Force Reserve major who is smart and up on the issues. He has something to offer the citizenry and should stay in politics regardless of today's verdict.

;">For House of Representatives (7th District)--Eric Cantor

As House majority leader, Mr. Cantor (R) has often been President Obama's nemesis in Washington. But he understands that the country is sick and tired of gridlock, and he seems ready to compromise, within conscionable limits, for the greater good. On the evidence of six elections to the lower house, he also represents the will of most of his constituents, a fact not to be despised in representative politics.

Finally, The Free Lance-Star urges a "yes" vote on Ballot Question 1, which concerns the state's power of eminent domain. Passage of this question would permit an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would prohibit public bodies from condemning private property for some "higher use." This is a chance to positively safeguard your home or business from the machinations of developers and government officials. Don't pass it by.


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