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LETTER FROM SENATOR E. LEE TRINKLE, candidate for nomination as Governor, in the
LETTER FROM SENATOR E. LEE TRINKLE, candidate for nomination as Governor, in the Primary, 1921; replying to Program of Legislation of the Virginia League of Women Voters. "In my passage through Richmond I have been handed your official letter. I hereby make and thank you for the courtesy extended me.
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LETTER FROM SENATOR E. LEE TRINKLE, candidate for nomination as Governor, in the Democratic Primary, 1921; replying to the Program of Legislation of the Virginia League of Women Voters. "In my hurried passage through Richmond I have been handed your official letter. I hereby make acknowledgment and thank you for the courtesy extended me. "I stand as I have always stood, without exception, on the platforms of the Democratic Party, both State and National, a number of whose planks are in accord with the views of your League. "My personal views on the questions which the people seem most concerned about at this time have been expressed in speeches which I have made in the campaign and in the printed statements which I have given out to the public. They may be summarized as follows: "I am in favor of the development of our road facilities as rapidly as this can be done with efficiency and economy and with due regard of the ability of the people to pay for them. "I am in favor of the reorganization of the highway department so that the people may feel confident that whatever funds may be provided for road construction and maintenance will be carefully safe guarded and wisely expended. "I am not in favor of committing the State to a Bond Issue under the existing conditions of business and finances and until the Highway Department is so reorganized. "I am earnest advocate of public schools and in favor of improving and developing our school system to the highest point of usefulness. "In addition to the above subjects, I favor Child Welfare. Taking into consideration the personnel of the Children's Code Commission, I consider that its reports should be very good basis upon which to formulate legislation on child welfare. "I favor women in school affairs; women physicians and officers for female offenders; protection and training for the feeble minded; aid for injured war veterans; and encouragement to all ex-service men. I am in favor of such changes to our prison system as will make it remedial as well as punitive, I am in favor of the budget system; I am in favor of considering women's qualifications for offices on boards along with men. I am in favor of Americanism in Instruction; sanitation stressed, profiteering suppressed, and all laws on the statute books enforced without fear or favor. "In reference to the primary, I want to say that the primary system consists in the statute laws on the subject and the Democratic Party primary plan which has been framed in accordance with and supplemental to these laws. This system seems to be giving satisfaction in Virginia and I am in favor of retaining it as it is.*** I want to state again that I am in favor of retaining the primary plan. "This practically covers the principles involved in the question which you have committed to me. I regret exceedingly that I am unable at this time to take up each one in detail and discuss them more fully but you can understand in the midst of a campaign that it is impossible for me to do this, but I believe my record will bear out the statement that I am sincerely in sympathy with the principal objects which the good woman of the State are striving to accomplish for the betterment of humanity." "Very sincerely yours, (Signed) E. Lee Trinkle.