Attorney General Jason Miyares is wasting taxpayers’ money – The Virginian-Pilot
On âUndermining Electoral Confidenceâ (Our Views, September 14): Kudos to Attorney General Jason Miyares, who found a creative way to waste Virginia taxpayers’ money. He is setting up a 20-person âelection integrity unitâ in his office.
He found a solution for which there is no problem. Could it be that one of our duly elected officials is playing politics by implying that we have election problems in Virginia? (Perhaps even his election was the result of a lack of âelection integrity?â)
The reality, if one checks the facts of the Heritage Foundation, is that one of the most egregious cases of vote violation in Virginia dates back to 2007, when the former mayor of Appalachia and â14 other people were recognized guilty of electoral fraud after conspiring to manipulate the 2004 electionsâ. in his city by buying the votes of the inhabitants, by offering them cigarettes, beer and pork rinds.
If you see people buying pork rinds before the election, please let our Attorney General know that fraud may be in progress.
Rosemarie Scotti Hughes; Dean Emeritus, School of Psychology and Counselling, Regent University; Virginia Beach
Across the United States, crime is exploding and spiraling out of control. The so-called prosecutors in these cities turn a blind eye and do not prosecute crimes they deem âminorâ. It is disturbing to watch security camera footage of someone being attacked by someone who has already been convicted. Sometimes an attacker has committed another crime sooner and has been released without bail. Well, at least I live in an area where that would never happen. Or so I thought.
On September 14, a Norfolk jury found Rashad Dooley guilty of âconspiracy to commit first degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted robbery,â according to WTKR.com. The only problem is that Dooley was not in the courtroom to hear the verdict as he fled before it was read, according to Wavy.com. Surprisingly, he was free thanks to a personal commitment. Norfolk’s Commonwealth solicitor said he didn’t think it was appropriate for Dooley to remain in jail while he decides whether the case goes ahead or not. A quick glance at the former Commonwealth Prosecutor’s Election website says it all. Commonwealth lawyer Ramin Fatehi urges abolishing cash bail and abolishing ‘the penalty of jury trial’.
Policies like these don’t benefit anyone and make the city less safe.
Chris Wagenbrenner, Virginia Beach
September 17, Constitution Day, celebrating 235 years of its existence, has passed with little mention or recognition equivalent to Independence Day. This is arguably the more important of the two. Why? Because it is the Constitution to which we swear allegiance as the basis of our system of government and the foundation of all our laws. It defines us as a people and a nation in its preamble. However, 235 years after its tortuous conception, it is threatened and needs to be revised to repair the tears inflicted by the countless disputes and “interpretations” made by citizens, politicians, academics, jurists and, finally, the hurry.
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Compared, for example, to any operating system, the Constitution would be considered woefully outdated, its obscure and cumbersome language, and its unwieldy code riddled with security pitfalls making it vulnerable to hackers such as lawyers that challenge its very meaning and intent. Its last update was 30 years ago and did little to change or modernize the substance of the document that directs our lives and the course of national affairs.
Simply put, without updates to accommodate hardware changes and new software, outdated computer systems would cease to function. Likewise, the nation, whose character, complexity and language have evolved greatly since the 18th century, cannot continue to function logically and coherently without substantial constitutional rewriting to reflect political, economic, social changes and challenges. and unimaginable technologies that have emerged since the Founding Fathers put pen to parchment.
John Mannarino, Virginia Beach
Last month, the FBI seized about 11,000 documents from former President Donald Trump’s home, more than 100 of which were labeled “classified” (some marked “secret” or “top secret”). This citizen still had them in his possession about 18 months after leaving the White House. The possible damage this has had and still has on our domestic and foreign policy could never be calculated.
In a recent Fox News interview, he said, âIf you’re the President of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified. Even thinking about it. He seems to have known the right process. During his tenure, Trump used formal processes to declassify documents he deemed politically useful; recall his order to declassify documents relating to the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.
The FBI noted that documents were missing. Remember the first indictment involving Ukraine and the second involving the January 6 mob attacking the Capitol. Of the missing documents, how many are relevant to these questions? Issues like inflation, immigration, and abortion cannot be solved when most Republican congressmen and senators remain silent or ignore the importance of these documents. The priority should be the safety and security of our country first, and then we can deal with social issues. And the fact that Trump is still a viable candidate for the Republican Party for President of the United States makes me think I’m living in a nightmarish reality TV show.
George DeRise, Newport News