Bristol Herald Courier Endorses Sen Allen
The two largest papers in lower SWVA have endorsed Sen Allen. The Kingsport Times last week and now the BHC.
Jim Webb offers no real alternative vision for America. Webb is a one-issue candidate, who has ridden the wave of anti-war sentiment about as far as he can. Iraq isn't the only perplexing issue facing the nation.
On the broader spectrum of issues - the butter to go with the guns - we give Allen the edge.
For this reason, the Bristol Herald Courier's editorial board recommends Allen for a second term. The Republican junior senator isn't perfect, but Webb offers no compelling reason to change.
Allen is a proven leader. As Virginia's governor, he abolished parole, brought truth to criminal sentencing, reformed welfare and instituted the Standards of Learning, a useful yardstick in judging the academic rigors of the state's public schools. (Read it all here)
The BHC recognizes Webb as a one horse show. I applaud them for looking at the real issues facing Virginia and concentrating on Allen's record. They cover all the issues like energy, saying
On energy independence, Allen supports drilling for more oil at home, but he recognizes a need for government incentives to spur development of alternatives. He is pushing bipartisan legislation to encourage the conversion of coal to a motor vehicle fuel. Similarly, he supports further development of nuclear, wind, solar, soybean-based biodiesel and ethanol.
In response to a similar question from this newspaper, Webb spoke only of slapping a windfall-profits tax on oil companies. That sort of populist talk plays well on the trail, but it isn't a visionary energy policy.
Lets look at Immigration
On immigration, Allen is most interested in border security, as are our readers. We prefer a multifaceted approach, but we give Allen points for at least acknowledging that the nation's economy won't run without immigrant workers. He wants to raise temporary worker quotas to allow them to enter lawfully. Webb offers a recitation of the problem, but no solution.
I am sure Webb's Porn Writing did not score him points with the board. Heh