In his anti-Ron Paul diatribe, which was published in Wednesday’s Herald, columnist Andy Heintz wrote that Paul voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1964, Paul was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. After completing his term of service, he went into civilian medical practice. He served a term in the House of Representatives in the 1970s and again in the 1980s. He has been a member of the House continuously since 1997.

Paul’s “crack-pot” theories consist mainly of believing that no country can print its way to prosperity, and that we cannot stand around with our hands in each other’s pockets and all get rich.

He is the only presidential candidate from either party who has any plan, worthy of the name, for addressing our national financial crisis. The Democrats want to continue spending apace and Republicans want to reduce it by a pittance.

As to Heintz’s apparent belief that Paul is supported by “anti-government types,” it should be remembered that our nation was established by “anti-government types.” Of course, some government is necessary in modern society, but we have far more laws and regulations than necessary. The zoning business is evidence of that.

The county commissioners have abdicated their responsibilities by turning the zoning of a portion of rural Franklin County over to the tender mercies of people who have no understanding of agriculture. Their only interest is in promoting the profiteering schemes of the land speculators and anybody who stands to profit from the urbanization of the county.

Nor does this have anything to do with “freedom and democracy.” The people living in this “Urban Growth Area” have no vote over those who are dictating to them.

— Elbert Swank, Williamsburg