"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness
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College support is increasing

December 5, 2004

Momentum seems to be growing for the New College of Virginia, with Attorney General Jerry Kilgore's endorsement of the idea last week.

Mr. Kilgore's support was pivotal because it means both of next year's likely gubernatorial candidates -- Mr. Kilgore, a Republican, and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat -- have backed the idea of a college in this area. That support from the likely standard-bearers of both political parties bodes well for the future of the plan.

We also hope it will help convince Gov. Mark Warner that the plan has bipartisan backing and should be included in the budget proposal he will unveil on Dec. 17.

Gov. Warner has long been a friend to this community, and we urge him to recommend the $4.5 million requested by organizers of the New College of Virginia. That seed money is critical.

Area residents of both political parties need to keep up the drumbeat on the need for the college, writing letters to state officials, Gov. Warner and legislators who control the purse strings. As we saw with what seemed like the endless fight to get funding for a new building for the Virginia Museum of Natural History, there are no sure things when it comes to getting state resources for local projects.




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