Distorting Black's Record

David E. Poisson, the Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in the 32nd District, is deliberately misleading parents with fliers he is distributing at back-to-school nights in Loudoun County.

First, Poisson made the embarrassing mistake of saying that Del. Richard H. "Dick" Black (R), the incumbent, voted against a salary increase for teachers in 2004. When parents looked up this bill, they saw that Black actually voted for House Bill 292. After this was pointed out to Poisson, he changed his flier.

Despite this, Poisson continued trying to distort Black's record. Now his flier substitutes House Bill 5018 for 292, which increased state taxes by nearly $1.5 billion but had absolutely nothing to do with teacher salaries.

Even though Poisson knows that Black voted for higher teacher pay, he is still trying to convince voters that this isn't true.

When Poisson sent out incorrect information once, voters should give him the benefit of the doubt that he was simply confused. But Poisson has been made aware of the fact that Black voted for higher teacher pay every year he has been in office and still disseminates incorrect information to parents.

Steve Hanley

Ashburn

Constitution's Meaning

Tomorrow has been set aside to celebrate Constitution Day, which this year falls on a Saturday. Sadly, based on past years' news releases, Loudoun County's public school system likely will ignore Constitution Day even while it elaborately celebrates Flag Day each year.

Congress has mandated that schools provide some instruction on the Constitution each year on its birthday. If schools respect that law, they should at least lead children in a recitation of the Constitution's preamble. It is my hobby to point out how our civic leaders view flag adoration as far more important than respecting the Constitution or the rule of law.

The best way for children to learn what the Constitution means for them is to boycott the Pledge of Allegiance. It is the Constitution that prohibits teachers from forcing anyone to stand or recite the pledge. Politicians have several times tweaked the language to make the pledge exclude foreigners, atheists and people of minority religions who object to a God-and-country theology. Students who remain seated during the pledge will remind their teachers and classmates that it is the Constitution, not the flag, that defines American unity and patriotism.

Edward R. Myers

Sterling

Democrats' Familiar Tune

It's amazing. The Democratic Party has done it again. You would think that after Patti H.M. Morrissey, who lost to incumbent Del. Richard H. "Dick" Black (R-Loudoun) in 2003, and the defeat in 2004 of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kerry, they would learn.

But, no, they haven't. They go from having Morrissey, who was pro-choice, to David E. Poisson, who supports gay adoption and raising taxes. I can only assume that no moderate Democrat wants to run against Black. Poisson's big claim to fame is working as Sen. Richard J. Durbin's (D-Ill.) chief of staff. This is the gentleman who likened the U.S. treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to techniques used by Nazis.

Poisson's campaign -- like Morrissey's campaign, like Kerry's campaign -- seems to be based on anything but the incumbent rather than on the real issues that concern the majority of eastern Loudoun families. How lame.

Obviously, the Democratic Party has failed to learn from the failures of Morrissey and Kerry. It's business as usual: Run against and defame the incumbent because he is the incumbent.

Well, on behalf of the majority of folks here in eastern Loudoun -- hundreds of thousands of hard-working people who live here legally and pay their taxes without fail -- we want a state delegate who understands our priorities. We want someone who will fight for lower taxes, better transportation, better education and traditional family values. That is exactly what Black has done for eight years.

Until the Democratic Party begins to understand eastern Loudoun, its politics and candidates don't stand a chance.

Phil Sandoe

Potomac Falls