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I recently arranged for a group from Lake Monticello to visit the Tenaska Virginia Generating Station. Our visit included a presentation by plant manager Dr. Robert Mayfield and small group tours of the facility by members of their team. They refer to themselves as a “team” and truly present themselves as personable, hardworking and competent. Tenaska celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014 and the majority of its employees who were hired when operations began are still part of the team. The visit to this state-of-the-art facility included an overview of operations in the control room and tours which included an explanation of the three gas turbines and one steam engine, the cooling tower, generators, transformers and the regional electric grid. Tenaska has won many awards, including honors in workforce development, volunteerism and support of career and technical education. Tenaska ranks as a top taxpayer in Fluvanna County but its contribution extends far beyond that, playing an important and significant support role to the county.
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Clearly, in order to know what is happening at the Lake, it is necessary to sit through the entire Lake Monticello board meetings in order to get to the proposed policy changes. Whoops, I left early and as a result this proposal has just come to my attention
At the February meeting, the Safety & Security Committee presented changes to the policy manual, LMOA Weapons/Firearms Policy, Chapter 14, Section 14.02 lll (A).
The S & S Committee cites the Constitution and Second Amendment as the basis for its proposed policy changes. I, too, am a vigorous supporter of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, which is very short. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” What is open for debate is whether this includes citizens able to carry licensed weapons on the streets of Lake Monticello.
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This is in response to Joe Shaver’s letter to the editor (3.12.15) about the way in which Robert Hurt is representing our district. It’s clear he disagrees with “Tea Party principles”. That’s okay. However, I don’t think it’s okay when he strongly implies that Representative Hurt only won the election because of uninformed voters. I voted for Robert Hurt and I strongly resent Mr. Shaver’s implication.
The popular story line Mr. Shaver seems to be following is that Tea Party voters are ill-informed rednecks who unthinkingly believe whatever Rush Limbaugh says. Well I have another story line. Liberal/progressive voters are headline readers who follow whatever The New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR say.
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In a recent issue of the Fluvanna Review, we were all instructed by Joe Shaver to go forth and seek the truth.
I do wonder if that very same letter to the editor illustrates that the truth is sometimes selective.
The point of his narrative was to cast others as political ideologues because they have committed the dishonest act of not sharing his beliefs. But in casting others as ideologues he took the time to write a letter about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding never mentioning that without a funding bill only a very small percentage of personnel deemed non-essential will in the end get nothing less than a paid vacation. It is also not mentioned that full DHS funding was already passed by the House, minus new funding that would enable the president’s illegal attempt to legislate naturalization policy without Congress. It was not mentioned that the president will veto a funding bill that comes to his desk with anything less than he demands. It’s that executive action that prevents any potential compromise. Instead Mr. Shaver left the impression that the House is shutting down DHS because they don’t care about the safety of U.S. citizens and now we will all be at the mercy of ISIS.
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As the last of the snow melts away in the spring sunshine, it is hard to believe that several inches of snow kept our roads covered for many days this winter. I am grateful for all the dedicated workers in our community who report for duty, regardless of the elements – ambulance and fire rescue workers, police officers, snow plow drivers, nurses and doctors, to name a few. But the workers in our community I wish to thank in particular, for their dedication and service despite the weather, are the postal service mail carriers. Specifically, our mail carrier Cindy Corbin goes above and beyond. In late February, I captured this image of Cindy on Marwood Drive as she faithfully delivered the mail on her appointed route. Whether it is a late night in December when she’s ensuring delivery of packages before Christmas, or early mornings when she’s trying to beat the snowfall, Cindy’s commitment to this community is astounding. She delivers more than just the mail; she delivers a friendly smile and a cheerful wave, day after day. Cindy is a stellar example of one of the many people who make this community an amazing place to live.
Thank you, Cindy Corbin, and all your fellow mail carriers!

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