Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Kaine goes to town in Hampton Roads

A big crowd turned out for governor-elect Tim Kaine's 'town hall' meeting in Hampton Roads last night and gave him an earful on what driving is like here. Let me summarize: they don't like it.

The Virginian-Pilot story rounds up the usual mish-mash of opinions that make events like this so rewarding to cover. Some don't like the third crossing. Some don't like HOV lanes. Others don't want to pay higher taxes.

There's a certain irony in the 'town hall' label. If this were really a town hall meeting, there'd be a town around it, and it wouldn't look anything like Hampton Roads, where the mass of residents drive everywhere, by themselves.


At 8:14 AM, Blogger Jim Bacon said...

Kaine should rename these hearings. Call them "sprawl hall" meetings. The phrase even rhymes!

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

The real story here, and maybe the real issue is the many different opinions: the same problem confronting START.

All these various and opposing ideas indicate that anyone who stands up with a single "silver bullet" solution is probably partly wrong, whether the proposed solution is land use or more roads.

All these opposing ideas may also be a way of showing that no one knows what the answers are.

Notice that many of the people said they were willing to pay more if that is what it takes for solutions.

At 6:42 AM, Blogger Steve Haner said...

I did the Richmond one last night, and was impressed by the turnout, but this one had lots of lobbyists and activiets (as you would expect in the Holy City.) The General Assembly doesn't need to adopt one solution, a silver bullet, and many different approaches should be accommodated. What Kaine is getting as he patiently listens is validation of his opinion that something must be done and the time is now. He is also following the classic (this would make him blanch) Gingrich model of listening first, learning, helping first, and then presuming to lead.


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