Unseating Howell would be big mistake
Ted Watkins, Stafford
I’m a conservative and cannot understand how any “right”-minded individual could think it worthwhile to throw away the power that our delegate wields against tax-and-spenders in Richmond.
Bill Howell has worked hard to maintain Virginia’s sterling reputation for sound fiscal management, in an environment frequently including Democratically controlled Senates and governors’ mansions.
Susan Stimpson thinks that we should consider three years on the Stafford Board of Supervisors as adequate compensation for the potential loss of our effective Speaker.
But let’s look at her record: Stimpson claims credit for growth of jobs over the last four years, but is she really claiming credit for the growth in federal jobs?
And the lowering of the county budget, which she takes credit for, was actually due to two large, one-time capital expenditures having been done in the prior year.
I’m sure she has some conservative beliefs, since Bill had supported her election to the board, but her comments make me think she is more interested in political power.
I’ve known Bill since 1978, and know that his motivation to continue serving is totally unselfish.
For Ms. Stimpson to call Bill a “good old boy” really makes me wonder about her powers of perception. Good, yes; good old boy, no!
Under Bill’s leadership, transportation infrastructure, which had deteriorated for decades, has been creatively and significantly improved. It’s not perfect, but we don’t have unlimited resources.
A vote against Bill Howell in the primary, or in the general election, would be a vote to strip our district of an influential voice in the legislature and to rid us of a great, conservative leader.
Stimpson’s commentary had a fact deficiency
Byron K. Hinton, Stafford
The election season is only beginning and already the innuendo and spin have begun.
The commentary by Susan Stimpson [“Candidate vows to control state spending,” Feb. 5] completely misses the point. Without fact, she accuses Del. Howell of engaging in a shell game on transportation.
Contrary to her rhetoric, Mr. Howell has been working to solve the area transportation challenges. He has been the carrier or initiated every major transportation reform since 2007.
Stimpson also accuses Howell of diverting money from transportation to pay for other things. Again, facts and specifics are missing.
A Nov. 11, 2014, FLS article highlighted that the House of Delegates, under Howell’s leadership, responded proactively to prevent the diversion of any transportation funds.
Stimpson’s false-attack strategy will only hurt her cause. I suggest she check the facts before pushing the button on her “bull horn.”
Finally, at the end of the day, whom would I prefer to control state spending? I suggest that the Speaker, holding the gavel and standing on the rostrum at the front of the legislature, has greater influence than a “rookie sitting at a desk in the back of the House chamber”!
I propose that Speaker Howell is working to meet the challenges for this district and the state. Mr. Howell’s legacy of quiet, civil and effective leadership is uncompromised and should not be subjected to further unsubstantiated attack.
Howell has done much for his constituents
Nancy Michaels, Stafford
I am writing in response to Eric Martin’s Jan. 27 letter in support of Bill Howell.
It was encouraging to read that even those who may disagree with Bill still respect him taking the time to explain his votes to his constituents.
I have known Bill and his wife, Cessie, for many years. They are exceptional people and they have done so much good for our area.
Bill impresses me with his steadfast efforts to advocate for those who work to better this community—our men and women in uniform, educators and public servants. His hard work in Richmond is beyond admirable.
He and Cessie both commit so much time to staying engaged in our area, supporting volunteer efforts and attending neighborhood functions for the causes they care so much about.
I thank Bill for all that he’s done and I look forward to all the good he will do as he continues to serve as our delegate and Speaker of the House.