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Wittman serves his district well
October 26, 2014 | Free Lance Star

It's hard not to look at Washington without being frustrated with the dysfunction and gridlock.

It seems that members of Congress are acting only in their own self-interest and forgetting those who put them in office.

Thankfully, our region's representative, Rob Wittman, has consistently shown that he is committed to rising above the partisan fray and working across the aisle to pursue responsible solutions.

Rob has worked for years with Sen. Mark Warner and Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen on Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, as well as Connecticut Democrat Joe Courtney, his co-chairman on the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus.

In addition, since being elected in 2007, Rob has worked on a bipartisan basis with other members of the House Armed Services Committee to educate others in Congress about the importance of preserving and strengthening our military's readiness and ensuring that the members of our military are trained to accomplish their missions successfully and safely.

Good leaders are those who are committed to solutions. Rob Wittman has shown continually that he believes his duty is to serve the people of the 1st District.

I will vote for Rob Wittman on Nov. 4. He is the leader our region deserves in Congress.

Bruce Pechacek


Wittman stands up for military, its retirees
October 24, 2014 | Free Lance Star

As a military retiree, I am grateful for Rob Wittman's continuing commitment to support both active-duty military and retirees.

In order to fulfill the constitutional duty to "provide for the common defense," Wittman has opposed tactics that would hold military funding hostage for political gain.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he works to ensure that our military is fully manned, trained and equipped.

He opposes Draconian cuts in defense budgets. Additional cuts in the defense budget would destroy the effectiveness of our fighting forces.

Furthermore, Wittman fights for fair compensation and benefits for active-duty military. He opposes reducing access to commissaries and cutting back housing allowances. Our servicemen and women and their families deserve nothing less.

For veterans, he opposes increases in TRICARE premiums. He has also been outspoken in his efforts to help free up the claims backlogs in VA hospitals. And he is working against changing benefits in retirement pay.

Wittman works for many other policy stands that I support, from health care reform to stopping government overreach.

There are many reasons to support his re-election. Please join me in voting--again--for Rob Wittman for Congress.

Frank Smith

Lancaster County

Wittman's actions good for women, children
October 23, 2014 | Free Lance Star

As I look at the candidates coming up for election in our region, I'm examining their leadership and positions on many of the issues that are important to me.

As a woman and a mother, I am pleased that Rob Wittman voted for a five-year extension of the Violence Against Women Act to protect women and assist victims of sexual assault.

The bill Rob supported would also increase criminal penalties for violence against women.

In addition, I support Rob's vote to provide much-needed funding for the Department of Justice's Violence Against Women Office.

I also know that as I look at my children's future, I am afraid that they won't have the best opportunities to obtain good jobs and pursue successful careers.

Fortunately, Rob has been fully supportive of efforts to rejuvenate our economy so that more good jobs are available.

Rob has voted for a number of commonsense jobs bills that would free up our small businesses to hire more people.

At the same time, he's been a champion of workforce development efforts to ensure that our students and workers are well prepared for the jobs of the future.

We need more leaders who work hard for the people they represent, and who are willing to cross party lines in order to pursue solutions. Rob Wittman is that kind of leader, and we are lucky to have him as our representative.

I plan to vote for him on Nov. 4, and I am urging my friends and neighbors to do so, as well.

Janice Hablas


Editorial: Back to Washington
October 22, 2014 | Daily Press 

The race in the 1st District pits three-term incumbent Rep. Robert J. "Rob" Wittman, a Republican, against challengers Norman G. "Norm" Mosher, a Democrat, and Independent Greens candidate Glenda Gail Parker.

Ms. Parker is a retired U.S. Air Force officer from Alexandria who is a making her third bid for office in this district. She advocates a massive investment in light rail as a solution to the nation's transportation and energy woes, but cannot rectify the potential costs of such an undertaking with the country's crushing debt, which she also considers a priority.

Mr. Mosher is a retired U.S. Navy officer, congressional staffer with the Senate Armed Services Committee and an entrepreneur who operated a consulting firm. He is making his first run for office.

Mr. Mosher embraces a progressive platform. He supports President Barack Obama's push to raise the minimum wage, proposed an increase in federal payroll tax to keep Social Security solvent, and called for more aggressive fraud detection and punishment to protect Medicare funding.

He contends the Affordable Care Act is working, successfully lowering prices for Americans in need, though data - and countless testimonials by Virginia residents - seems to refute that. In his candidate interview, Mr. Mosher advocated a robust military, anchored by a strong Navy, to protect the national defense.

But that should be a given in this race and Rep. Wittman also espouses the need for a muscular foreign policy and national defense framework.

Rep. Wittman was elected to Congress in 2007 in a special election before winning his first full term a year later. A public health professional, the congressman spent 20 years at the Virginia Department of Health before winning elected office.

In contrast to his Democratic challenger, he correctly argues that economic growth is held in check by the federal government's reliance on regulation and contends options like raising the eligibility age and means testing should be considered as ways to protect the long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare.

The congressman is also correct that repeal of the ACA is a non-starter and that some parts of the law are working for Americans. But while Mr. Mosher defends the ACA, Rep. Wittman recognizes the need to modify significant portions of the law in order to protect the nation's economy.

Rep. Wittman is a responsible and passionate advocate for the 1st District and brings the experience and viewpoints that best serve residents. Voters can confidently award him another term in office.

Letters: Rob Wittman
October 20, 2014 | Daily Press

Oct. 21 Letters: Rob Wittman, Stop and frisk

Rob Wittman

There has been plenty of smoke about which party supports women's issues. Here are some facts that cut through the smoke and show that Rep. Rob Wittman, Republican candidate for Congress, stands up for women's rights.

Congressman Wittman supported and voted for a five-year extension of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). He voted to provide needed funding for the Department of Justice's Violence Against Women Office.

In addition, Rep. Wittman voted to combat sexual assaults in the military through passage of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

There are more examples, but the point is that Rep. Rob Wittman strongly supports women and women's issues. He is a congressman who has done an excellent job representing our community.

He deserves our support.

L. T. Vaughan


Stop and frisk

Re: The teens' murder trial in Newport News.

Am I the only one concerned about 16-year olds shooting and killing each other?

Newport News and all other cities should have the stop-and-frisk law.

Is my right of not being shot by either a gang member, youth or just someone shooting on a dare less important than someone's civil right?

I do not mind the police trying to protect me or other innocent people.

I might even thank them for doing so.

David Mullins

Newport News