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Thoburn needs Sen. Allen's help
Fairfax Journal Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, April 24, 2001


I have been deeply concerned that John Thoburn is languishing in the Fairfax jail.

Actually, I don't know whether he was put in jail for planting a tree or for not planting one. It doesn't matter to me.

The fact remains that he is a tax-paying Virginian whose minor "crime" does not warrant jailing him with felons.

Halfway around the world we have Mrs. Gao, a Chinese national in her own country, serving time in jail for allegedly spying.

I have no idea what she did or did not do, as I consider her case to be strictly an internal affair of the Chinese, which is none of my business.

I am absolutely appalled that Sen. George Allen, R-Va., would be meddling in the China case when, as far as I know, he has taken no action to get Mr. Thoburn (one of his constituents) out of jail!

I worked hard to get George Allen elected governor. Perhaps it was because we share a common name that gave me such great faith in him.

I was an active member of Citizens On Sensible Taxation, and as such I stood on street corners working to elect Mr. Allen.

I was also a delegate for him to the Republican Convention in Richmond.

Well, I can assure him that I was not working to elect him to eventually represent the interest of the Chinese!

I have lived in the Washington area for 60 years, and I have been this angry at a Capitol Hill habitue only once before.

That was when the chaplain of the Senate went out on the floor and prayed for O.J. Simpson, never mentioning the victims.

As a footnote to history, I made a very undiplomatic telephone call to the reverend, and the next day he prayed for Ron and Nicole.

It is not too late for our senator to reconsider his priorities.

WENDEL ALLEN

Alexandria


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