Opposing Port 460 logistics center planned for Suffolk – The Virginian-Pilot
Suffolk City Council plans to vote on the Port 460 logistics center project soon. Thousands of opposing citizens have strongly denounced the project’s many unresolved traffic, safety, cost, environmental and quality of life issues. , most of which stem from the massive influx of tractor-trailers it will add to the already overloaded US 460 and 58. Public opposition to port 460 is huge, but surprisingly some board members seem ready to endorse it.
Lately, I’ve come to see that the biggest problem with Port 460 isn’t the trucks, or the truckers, or the developers who would bring them here. These are the city and state authorities who are willing, if not eager, to cram many more trucks onto roads that are simply not designed to handle them, and may never be. Tragedy will surely ensue. And why? For a few extra bucks to a city that recently proclaimed itself so fiscally sound it can afford to lower its property tax rate.
Suffolk has already contributed more than its fair share to meet regional warehouse demand, but Port 460 is a bridge too far. If the board doesn’t draw the line here, will it ever? If council approves port 460 despite unprecedented opposition from citizens, so much the worse for ‘It’s a beautiful day to be in Suffolk.’ Get ready to swear allegiance to the new motto – “Everything for a Dollar”.
Mike Host, Suffolk
Re “Words as Weapons” (Your Views, Sept. 13): Daniel Snyder’s letter falsely accused President Joe Biden of making false accusations – “slandering someone without proof” – against “all Trump supporters” in Biden’s September 1 speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
In fact, he only blamed “MAGA Republicans”, carefully pointing out “not all Republicans embrace their extreme ideology”. And he based his criticism on clear facts and not on slander.
He accused Republicans in MAGA “of refusing to accept the results of a free election”. They deny that simple fact, of course, claiming that the 2020 presidential election was somehow rigged. But they only offer theories, with no real proof, as Republican Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives Rusty Bowers said in congressional testimony, with mild disdain.
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The president also accused Republicans in MAGA of working “state after state to give election-deciding power in America to supporters and cronies.” Made clear.
He accused of seeing “the crowd that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6 – brutally attacking law enforcement – not as insurgents” but as “patriots”. Made clear.
MAGA Republicans could turn all of this around simply by admitting the historical monstrosity of their “big lie” and all that goes with it.
Steven T. Corneliussen, Poquoson
In the 2020 US presidential election, 13 states were identified as “battleground” states. By definition, these are states that can win or lose an election for candidates; for all intents and purposes, the other 37 are “prearranged”. Five of the 13 were won by former President Donald Trump: Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Eight were won by President Joe Biden: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Although the procedure and timing of voting varies in each state, many employ the following: absentee ballots, early voting, overseas voting, military voting, and polling stations on Election Day. Voting can be done either electronically or by ballot. The ballots are then counted manually, mechanically or electronically. If all states employed these counting methods, charges of fraud, etc. brought against one, two, three, four or five States not be valid for the 13 or the 50 States?
John Calver, Newport News