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News from the Office of Senator Frank Ruff - May 10, 2010

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Sun, 2010-05-09 20:00 -- ajohnston

Good people are needed to serve on boards and commissions of state government.  Governor McDonnell must appoint citizen members to serve in various positions.  If you believe you would like to serve in this way and your background and interests are compatible for one of these appointments, let me know right away.


There’s Oil in Them There Shells

There has been a lot of talk about the recent oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the impact that it would have if off shore drilling rigs set up off the coast of the Virginia.   I am waiting to read the official report of the accident and hope to find out why this happened and what will be done to prevent this from happening in the future.

Some use this as an argument against drilling off the coast of Virginia; however, before we make hard decisions about that there are three things to look at and consider.  First, note how many drilling sites, both Mexican and American, are located in the Gulf of Mexico, and remember this is the first of such spills.  Second, if you look at the maps that show where the oil slick might move, and consider current drilling stations to our south, either from the gulf or between Cuba and Florida, this slick could affect the waters of Virginia.   Lastly, remember that currently Cuba is under contract to drill off the coast of Florida, as well as other contracts that have been or will be awarded.  Should we be more concerned about their drilling precautions and regulation or those of ours that we control?  The question is not will the drilling occur, but rather, who will do the drilling and under what standards of safety. 


Immigration – whose job is it anyway?

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the new immigration laws in Arizona.  Some are claiming that they are unconstitutional and that they violate the rights of illegal immigrants.   The real issue, however, is not what is happening in Arizona.  The issue is what is not happening in Washington D.C.  It is extremely unfortunate that the leaders in Washington refuse to do anything about illegal immigrants. 

With unemployment levels hovering at 10% and a broken economy crippling our nation, Washington needs to get stricter on controlling our borders.  Furthermore, in addition to over burdening our schools, prisons and hospitals, illegals send billions of dollars out of the country every year.  That is money that could be spent in our localities and our country.  If, however, the Federal government continues to ignore the problem, other states will be forced to start taking matters into their own hands to protect their citizens.


Again, thank you for helping me know what your concerns are.  If you have any concerns email me at or call my office at 434 374 5129.




 Frank Ruff
15th Senate District