We have known Del. Bill Howell for more than three decades. He and his wife, Cessie, have been tremendous assets to the Fredericksburg region over the years. Cessie Howell was one of a half-dozen women who organized and initiated The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.
Bill Howell has done a remarkable job of ensuring that Virginia’s finances have been kept on solid ground and has not followed the shaky path that the federal government has taken.
We need legislators like Bill Howell, who has the fortitude to make tough and sometimes unpopular decisions. It would be wise to send him back to Richmond as speaker of the House.
Joe and Mary Wilson
Those in our community have always respected Bill Howell; he has always genuinely worked for the benefit of our community way before he ever got involved in politics. He had worked on the PTA over 30 years ago to improve the quality of our children’s educations from a concerned parent’s perspective. It is so surprising for me to hear the harsh and untrue criticisms of him and his work in the House of Delegates as of late.
As a retired nurse, I have deeply appreciated the legislative updates that I have received from him in his fight against Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Virginia.
I think I echo the sentiments of many medical care providers when I praise Bill’s work in creating a united Republican front for sound health care policy.
In fact, Virginia House Republicans, under Bill’s leadership, have done much to address public health needs. Bill led the charge to invest $125 million in mental health services and community clinics.
I applaud his initiative to care for those who need help the most, like my son, Andy, for whom I am the primary care provider.
I proudly stand behind Bill in his bid for the Republican nomination for House District 28. I hope you take the time to look around our community and realize all the great initiatives that are in place because of Bill’s tireless and selfless work to improve the standard of living for us all.
With the legislative session winding down in Richmond, I am so glad that the issue of education was advanced thanks to the good work of Speaker Bill Howell.
I am a retired kindergarten teacher who taught for more than 25 years at Montfort Academy and I know that investing in education and in our children pays dividends.
Bill Howell has done a wonderful job as speaker; his calm demeanor is a stark contrast to the controversial, heated debates and fights that so many others in politics engage in.
He works through problems rather than shouting over others. There is a clear difference between him and his opponent. Bill is the levelheaded, trustworthy and dependable choice.
Speaker Bill Howell has long championed Virginia’s conservative values, providing a truly representative voice for the Fredericksburg region. He has consistently advocated for the interests of families and job-creating private enterprise, while staving off encroachments to liberty.
At a time when ethical lapses of officials from Richmond to Washington have eroded voter confidence in our government, Speaker Howell’s tenure of impeccable honesty and integrity has well served our commonwealth here in the home of our first president.
David L. Caprara
Any parent who has gone through caring for a sick child knows that it is the most difficult thing that you can go through, especially when your son doesn’t have just any illness, but one that’s life-threatening.
That’s something I wouldn’t want any other family to go through, and now it’s been made a little easier. With the help of Speaker Bill Howell, House Bill 1750 passed both the House and the Senate and will allow patients the right to try experimental drugs when all else has failed.
I never saw myself getting involved with politics, but I felt the need to give other children the same chances at a real recovery as my son had.
I know Bill shares the same concerns and truly believes in what we were working toward. He has always been a dedicated and receptive public servant who is really looking out for the welfare of the community.
This initiative is just one of many that he has advanced that will literally save lives by allowing those who think they have run out of hope a second chance at life.
I am a fighter, and so is my son, Josh, and in this election we are proud to join the fight for Bill Howell to keep his seat in the House.
He has been a tireless advocate for the issues that matter most—the fundamental right to life itself.
If you share these same values, I hope you also support Bill Howell in his June primary.
Eric Herr’s letter to the editor on March 6 requires a revisit. It is good that he is interested in the role of Speaker Bill Howell and the House of Delegates in Virginia’s current budget. We all should be. However, it is also good when opinions are based on facts.
Mr. Herr is correct about one point. Compared to the originally adopted 2014 budget, the general fund was cut by $1 billion. However, he is incorrect in claiming that Speaker Howell led a $1 billion increase in the non-general fund.
While the General Assembly controls the general fund budget, it has virtually no control over revenue flowing into, or out of, the non-general fund.
The non-general fund increase was actually driven by increased federal pass-through funding (such as Medicaid, Aid to Families, Education, Transportation), higher college tuition, vehicle and gas taxes, highway maintenance, etc., which are all earmarked by existing law for each specific purpose.
The non-general fund was not increased by Speaker Howell and the House of Delegates.
It is the general fund with which taxpayers are directly concerned. Under Speaker Howell’s leadership, the House of Delegates did indeed help reduce that part of the budget by $1 billion.
Further, it is immensely deceptive to claim the budget was not posted online for the pre-voting 48-hour review. It was posted online as a link containing all 245 pages.
Finally, under Speaker Howell’s leadership, general fund spending over the last 10 years has decreased by 4 percent when adjusted for population growth and inflation, refuting Mr. Herr’s argument that Bill Howell stands for “shell games, tax hikes and big spending.”
Virginia is consistently recognized as one of the best-managed states in the nation, with the 45th-lowest tax burden. Bill Howell has been good for Virginia. Bill Howell is still good for Virginia.
Del. Bill Howell is a true problem solver. I approached his office because we had lost so much fundraising money, since the Virginia Board of Education did not allow snack fundraising exemptions, which many other states had already implemented.
These monies are used by our PTSO, and many other organizations, to improve our schools and provide for our children. Mr. Howell was nothing but receptive and open to finding a solution.
I had never been involved with actively advocating for any cause at the state level before, but he went above and beyond what I thought any public officeholder might do to resolve this issue.
Mr. Howell was the reason why House Bill 2114 came to be; the bill allows for schools to hold up to 30 fundraisers, selling snacks that students had been allowed to have prior to President Obama’s health foods overhaul.
The bill successfully passed both houses.
I may be new to the world of policymaking, but I was glad to see that Mr. Howell was willing to work to correct a clear example of government interference and overreach.
I have nothing but praise for Bill Howell after working with him to advance legislation that will truly help improve education for our children.
At a time when veterans’ services nationwide are stretched so thin and are so poorly administered, it is important that Virginia’s veterans support legislators who share an ideology of prudent governance and a commitment to serving veterans.
Bill Howell has shown that dedication for as long as he has been in office and even before.
In this past session, under Bill’s leadership, the House and Senate jointly approved an amended budget that will fund two new veterans’ care centers and dedicate half a million dollars to assist with rehousing for homeless veterans.
This is the ultimate rebuttal to anyone who accuses Bill Howell of not working in the best interest of Virginians; Bill puts the money where his mouth is. Unlike so many other officeholders who make empty promises or will say anything to get a rise out of a voter, Bill leads quietly but with conviction in helping those who have given up the most to serve others.
Fellow veterans, families of those who have served or are currently serving and all others living in the 28th House District would be well served by supporting Bill Howell as our Republican nominee.