Delegate Dickie Bell is Right on Mental Health

Most everyone but perhaps the most vehement of budget-cutting libertarians or tea partiers would agree that providing basic medical care to those who need it is a prudent job of government.

So funding for, say, Medicaid or Medicare for an individual with cancer is something that most all of us can agree is a good way to spend tax dollars.

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Delegate Dickie Bell Thinks Mental Health Funding Needs Prioritizing

Del. Dickie Bell told a meeting of providers Thursday that mental health needs to be a priority in the Virginia budget, and that it should be funded like the state’s other core services such as transportation, education and public safety.

The Staunton Republican spoke at the annual legislative forum sponsored by the Valley Community Services Board and Mental Health America of Augusta.

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Local Legislators React to State Surplus Funds Being Spoken For

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Monday announcement that the commonwealth recorded a $129 million surplus for the recent fiscal year brought a mixed reaction from local legislators and other elected officials.

They are pleased that the state has frugally managed its resources, but say the governor’s announcement makes it sound as if a windfall is going to local governments and citizens.

Instead, the bulk of the funds – more than $78 million – will go to Virginia’s Rainy Day fund. This appropriation will bring the fund to $690 million -- its largest total since 2008.

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PPI/TimeZero to Add 50 Jobs in Waynesboro

Waynesboro high-tech electronics manufacturer PPI/Time Zero said Tuesday that it plans to add 50 jobs to its local operation by the end of the year, which will take the company’s local workforce to 100.

PPI/Time Zero President and CEO Dana Pittman said the company’s first year at the Solutions Place business center in Waynesboro has gone better than he could have hoped.

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Romney Campaign Makes Early Foray Into the Valley

It’s only the second week of July, but the Mitt Romney campaign for president is running full steam in Virginia and in the Shenandoah Valley.

On Wednesday, the Romney campaign bus rolled through Staunton and Waynesboro. Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, offered speeches in support of Romney, while campaign workers got rally visitors to make phone bank calls on the bus.

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Local reaction positive to Virginia's Waiver from No Child Left Behind

The news Friday that the U.S. Department of Education has granted a waiver to Virginia schools from the benchmarks of the federal No Child Left Behind law brought audible relief from commonwealth educators, political leaders and school board members.

The waiver removes meeting the adequate yearly progress mandate of the federal law, and the unrealistic requirement that all students achieve proficiency by 2014.

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Statement from Delegate Bell Regarding the Supreme Court's Decision on Obamacare

“I am extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare.  I believed, and still believe, that President Obama and Congress overstepped their authority by passing legislation requiring the citizens of the United States to purchase health insurance.  Unfortunately the Supreme Court did not reach that same conclusion, and we must accept their decision.”

     “What the ruling today did not change, however, is that Obamacare is bad policy. The ruling to leave PPACA intact will force Virginia and the other 49 states to continue their preparations to follow a law that is extremely burdensome and expensive.”

     “Virginia Republicans have been among the most vocal opponents of Obamacare, which will result in net spending of 1.2 trillion from 2012 – 2022. We quite simply cannot afford this level of spending, particularly during these uncertain economic times when we should be removing barriers to employment.  These barriers include higher taxes, increased regulation, and costly mandates.  For these reasons, in the 2010 General Assembly Session we passed House Bill 10, which Attorney General Cuccinelli used to provide legal basis for his lawsuit. Unfortunately those efforts end today.” 

     “The fight, however, is not over. It is now up to us, the American People, to stop Obamacare.  Today’s decision makes the November election even more critical.  We have two extremely distinct and different views on how to move this country forward, and it is vital that we elect Mitt Romney as President of the United States, George Allen to the United States Senate, and that we send Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt back to the House of Representatives.  We need President Romney and a solidly Republican congress to repeal Obamacare.”

     “It is no question that every Virginian and every American needs access to affordable health care, however Obamacare is not the solution.  We must instead work toward a solution that is economically responsible, reflects free market principles, and protects our individual liberties.”

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Campaign Finance Deadline on June 30


We are just days away from an important campaign finance deadline.  

We’ve accomplished a lot over the last 3 years, but there’s still a lot to be done.  We must continue our work towards reforming the education system in Virginia, and promoting fiscally responsible policies that will help put Virginians back to work.  We must keep taxes low, and ensure that Virginia is still one of the best managed states and one of the best states to do business. 

Perhaps most importantly, we must work to change what’s going on in Washington.  Though there’s no election for the House of Delegates this year, the need for money is still very real.  We must spread our positive message of small government, fiscal responsibility, and valley values across Virginia.       

I would like to continue this work as your Delegate and promote this message, but I cannot do this without your help.  There is a key fundraising deadline coming up this Saturday, June 30.  I would sincerely appreciate your donation of $25, $50, $100, or what you can afford. You can donate online here or you can send a check to Dickie Bell for Delegate Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.

As always, thank you for your generosity, and thank you for allowing me to serve in the House of Delegates.

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Bridge Named for Marine, 44 Years After His Death

The shock and disbelief eventually wore off, but the sorrow and the memories never left.

On June 19, 1968, 21-year-old Lyndhurst Marine Darl McDorman's body was shipped home for burial. On the same day in 2012, his short life was forever memorialized as the bridge on state route 624, the one that passes over McDorman's favorite swimming hole as a child, was named in his honor.

His sister Wenda Henderson still remembers hearing the news for the first time, nine weeks before McDorman was set to come home from the Vietnam War.

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Allen, Bell Tout Goodlatte

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