The April 11 Metro story “McDonnell amends more than 100 Va. bills” reported that Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) signed 733 bills, proposed amendments to an additional 130 and vetoed seven others. These 870 bills resulted from a 60-day legislative session. Why are people so afraid of the president and the federal government when a state government can enact 733 bills and counting in two months? Virginians’ fear of “big government” would be better targeted at a state government that’s hastily passing hundreds of laws that control every detail of our personal lives and local governments’ flexibility to meet local needs.
Nancy Treusch, Warrenton, Va.
Anita Kumar wrote that Virginia state Sen. Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk) said that with regards to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s veto of uniform guidelines for physical education, “It seems that Governor McDonnell will stop at nothing to ensure that Virginia’s children grow obese and develop life-threatening and expensive health problems.”
While Mr. Northam may disagree with the veto, there is no room in Virginia for accusing the governor of stopping “at nothing to ensure” that children “develop life-threatening” diseases. We need some semblance of civility in Virginia if we are ever going to have legislation of which Virginians can be proud. There are ways to express oneself without resorting to such rhetoric.
Ted Borris, Arlington