My latest op ed, title above, appeared in Wednesday’s The Virginian-Pilot.
The shadow of Harry F. Byrd, Sr. is a long one, despite his death almost 45 years ago. It permeates so much of what we do in modern day Virginia. I found it ironic that Byrd’s rise to prominence was based on his opposition to using debt to build roads, a step the current day General Assembly is about to take at the urging of Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Although he was a Democrat, I doubt many would recognize him as such today. He believed in low taxes, was no fan of unions and supported states rights. And from the mid 1930s on, he basically supported Republican candidates for president.
The lingering influence of the Byrd machine fascinates me. I find it hard to believe sometimes that our elected officials have not thrown off its shackles. Steve is right: change comes slowly in Virginia.