Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Valley Family Forum Rescheduled

The VFF has been rescheduled for October 29th at 7 PM at the Houff Community Center in Bridgewater. Here is the letter to friends of the VFF:

To: Friends of the Valley Family Forum
Summary: The Forum has rescheduled the public debate between Matt Lohr (R) and Lowell Fulk (D) for 7 PM, Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Houff Community Center in Bridgewater. The focus will be on issues that affect our faith, our families, and our freedoms. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend! End Summary.
A Tangled Web
The Forum proposed this debate last June and set the original date for Sept. 30 with the agreement of both candidates. Because Fulk was unable to participate at that time due to illness, we all committed to finding a new date for the debate. Lohr followed up immediately with 17 new dates. In contrast, Fulk delayed a response for nearly a week, and then said it was not possible to reschedule because his calendar was full.
A Possible No-Show?
That is a disappointment, but leaves us no choice except to proceed as originally planned. Lohr has clearly made this a priority and plans to participate. We continue to hope that Fulk will review his options and join us as well. However, if not, we have invited him to send someone else to represent him. And if he is unwilling to do that, we have offered to meet with him at his convenience and record his responses to our questions, which we will then make available to the audience on Oct. 29. Sadly, neither Fulk nor his campaign manager has yet responded to these repeated offers, which I reiterated to Fulk in person today.
Why Bother?
The need for this debate is increasingly clear because it is about our laws and their impact on our lives. Regrettably, some of these laws have become badly twisted, giving us legalized abortion, no-fault divorce, rampant pornography, and restricted freedoms of religious _expression. The result is a moral meltdown that has led to broken families, abused women, and badly damaged children.
That is why we must all work together to fix our laws. The General Assembly is all about law, and the election on Nov. 8 is all about law makers. And that is why this debate is so important. We need to know which of these two aspiring delegates is more deeply committed to rebuilding a culture of life, defending the sanctity of marriage, maintaining high standards of public decency, and protecting our First Amendment freedom of religious _expression.
Our Commitment
We will continue to encourage Fulk to participate in this debate. However, if he does not, we will do our best to keep you informed about his positions. Therefore, please watch for our report on the Voter Guides that The Family Foundation Action has prepared, not only for this race but for others at the local and state level as well. If you would like to order extra copies for your church or civic group, please contact Steve Waters at (804) 343-0010 or
Please stay tuned, and we’ll see you at the Forum on Oct. 29!

I wonder if Mr. Fulk will find time to attend. I wonder if he will send a person to take his place if he doesn't attend?
By the time October 29th rolls around, Mr. Fulk may have more questions to answer at this than he would have had in September.


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