Talk About Turnover: Hicks Truly Cleaned House

It is amazing how many facts Style seems to forget. The article ("Office Abuzz Over Likely Lawyer Shuffle," Street Talk, Aug. 10) seems to state that Mike Herring is going to "clean house," and how that will cause the expertise in the commonwealth's attorney's office to decrease.

What the article fails to mention is that Hicks cleaned house when he started, firing all but about three to five people. It also fails to mention the nearly 200 percent turnover rate of attorneys within the office as it has been governed by Mr. Hicks. And what about all of Mr. Hick's top deputies leaving the office on the same date about two or three years ago?

Mike Herring has not made any statements about hiring or firing any of the personnel of the commonwealth's attorney's office. Further, Mike Herring has stated that he will value experienced attorneys and will support provisions that will allow those types of attorneys to join and remain in the office.

It is extremely unfair to the people working in the commonwealth's attorney's office currently, and to Mike Herring, to pretend to know who will be hired or fired when there are not any facts to suggest that Mike Herring has made any decisions of that nature.

Tom Shaia

Power vs. Leadership

Style's recent ranking of the community's most powerful ("The Power List 2005," Cover Story, July 20) suggests that our definition of the term has not evolved with the changing face of Richmond's leadership. Our region's most powerful leaders today are not necessarily those who enjoy wealth or status, but also those who possess a broad range of important leadership capacities.

The most significant strides toward improving the quality of life in our region are being taken by a new kind of leader — visionary change agents who are consensus builders, facilitators and collaborators. If effecting change is any measure of power, then these often unheralded leaders must be counted among our community's most influential.

LMR (Leadership Metro Richmond) congratulates all those who made the list this year and what they are doing for our community. Their contributions are invaluable. For future recognition, we hope that you will expand the selection criteria, allowing the recognition of many unsung powerful leaders who are pushing our region to new heights through their tireless servant leadership.

Tina Egge
President, LMR

Former State Workers Shouldn't Complain

Regarding the state workers getting food stamps ("A One-Sided Battle," News & Features, Aug. 10), maybe they should have thought about the consequences before bilking the system.

First of all, we had plenty of time to prepare for Hurricane Isabel. We used up the perishables that were already in the fridge, knowing that power would be out for an extended time (if VEPCO would stop changing its name, it could put that money into updating the lines).

Secondly, there's no way someone has $500-plus worth of spoiled food, unless they stocked up on filet mignon and caviar!

Annie Pelfrey

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