Last Tues­day, Vir­ginia sent a mes­sage

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

EDI­TOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

Last Tues­day, the com­mon­wealth and its vot­ers stood strong and showed the coun­try that Vir­ginia re­mains a state for lovers.

On Oct. 10, The New York Times pub­lished an op/ed col­umn by Paul Krug­man, “Vir­ginia Is for Haters.” Krug­man wrote, “Vir­ginia is now the most im­por­tant place on the U.S. po­lit­i­cal land­scape” and noted that the com­mon­wealth’s Elec­tion Day is of­ten a ref­er­en­dum on a pres­i­dent’s first year in of­fice.

Vir­ginia re­sponded and in a land­slide elected Ralph Northam as our next gov­er­nor.

A clear ma­jor­ity of Vir­gini­ans are frus­trated and an­gry with the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion. Vir­gini­ans are tired of lies, al­ter­nate facts, and half-truths. Sadly, this

cam­paign cy­cle was filled with nasty rhetoric and mis­lead­ing claims, us­ing scare tac­tics to claim can­di­dates di­rectly en­able gang vi­o­lence and child pornog­ra­phers. On Au­gust 15, we wit­nessed Pres­i­dent Trump claim that we “had some very fine peo­ple on both sides” of the white su­prem­a­cist’s march in Char­lottesville and at U.Va. He never fully de­nounced their ac­tions.

Ed­u­cated vot­ers saw through the mis­lead­ing ads and elected a com­pletely Demo­cratic ticket with Northam, Fair­fax, and Her­ring. They may have flipped the House of Del­e­gates with some of the most di­verse can­di­dates our state has seen.

Over the next four years, our gov­ern­ment has much work to ac­com­plish and we all must con­tinue to en­cour­age real Vir­ginia val­ues like love, not hate. We should all be proud to be Vir­gini­ans. We sent a clear mes­sage that Vir­ginia is not for haters.

CARTER EL­LIOTT. LYNCH­BURG.

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