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Confused Fetterolf unfair to Susan Stimpson


Date published: 4/12/2013

Dean Fetterolf's March 28 letter ["Stimpson hits teachers and strains ethics"] regarding Stafford supervisor and lieutenant governor candidate Susan Stimpson continues his pattern of struggling with the facts.

He accuses her of having a link to her Facebook page on the county website, which is false. But let's consider that we are writing letters about Facebook pages; if you don't like what is on a page, then ignore it--it's that simple.

He then writes that Stimpson is wrong about Virginia having a teachers union. The Virginia Education Association is a trade union, and its parent, the National Education Association, is the largest trade union in the United States. A Google search of Virginia unions will show there are 159,000 union members in the state. Stafford County even has a firefighters union. Here is what Fetterolf doesn't seem to understand: The VEA is a union, even if it can't collectively bargain.

His real concern is that the Board of Supervisors won't raise real estate taxes by 12 percent to "fully fund" the School Board's $18 million request for increased funding. Maybe the next time he runs for Board of Super-visors he can campaign on that plan. He got 29 percent of the vote in 2011, but who knows? He just might break 30 percent with that vision.

Alison Kelly

Stafford