And notice of this interesting letter was forwarded from Augusta County:
Dear Governor Elect McDonnell
Congratulations on your impressive election mandate entrusting you with the well-being of Virginia and its citizens for the next four years. Your task will not be an easy one, being confronted with a $3.5 plus billion budget deficit.
As a true conservative, you have promised not to increase taxes and in this you are strongly supported by Augusta County's state Senator Emmett Hanger and the local state delegates. Fainthearted politicians may perceive Virginia's fiscal predicament as a serious problem. But, you, as a devoted public servant, surely appreciate the opportunity of the moment.
Addressing Virginia's fiscal quandary will require imagination and constructive thinking. It will require what positive management seminar gurus refer to as "thinking outside of the box."Del. Steve Landes' remark that, in these perilous times, public education is no longer considered sacrosanct, triggered a thought. Conservatives rely on the past for inspiration, and there is certainly much wisdom in the pronouncements of our ancestors. Virginia's Royal Governor, Sir William Berkeley, in his 1671 Report on Virginia, stated: "But I thank God, there are no free schools ... and I hope we shall not have these for a hundred years, learning brought disobedience and heresy, and sects into the world ...."