Mike LaBelle 
Member since Apr 21, 2012


Independent contractor, Past president Bellevue Civic Association, current Co-president Bellevue Merchants Association. Active volunteer, Richmond CERT Team Member, Member Richmond CERT Advisory group.

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Re: “Christmas on MacArthur and Santa Parade

Best christmas celebration in northside.
The event benefits toy for tots.

Free to everyone, bring a new unwrapped toy for the kids, live music, vendors, rpd, rfd, vsp, acca shriners and santa.

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Posted by Mike LaBelle on 11/11/2015 at 12:27 PM

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Re: “Michelle Obama and Maya Lin Invited to Judge National Design contest to Rethink Monument Avenue

They certainly are part of the past as they are representative of part of our nations history.

They don't need to be changed , altered or moved. they are fine where they are.

'Many statues of Lenin and Dzerzhinsky have been toppled, scrapped and relocated in the former Soviet Union not to destroy memory, but to resurrect it."

We are talking about Monument Avenue, not a communist country or their history, two totally different things.

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Posted by Mike LaBelle on 04/25/2018 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Michelle Obama and Maya Lin Invited to Judge National Design contest to Rethink Monument Avenue

It seems that some simple facts are continually ignored:
The fact that monument Avenue is a listed National Historic Landmark.
All the monuments do not belong to the City of Richmond, They belong to the citizens of the city, with the exception of The Robert E. Lee monument which belongs to the state.

These monuments were built on donated land with privately-raised money, and then eventually turned over to the city.

Except for Lee, who is owned and maintained by the state.

That means everyone in Virginia owns it. And everyone in Richmond owns the rest of them.

The cities monuments are a huge part of Richmond's $1.7 billion dollar tourism industry.

These monuments are a part of this nations history, maybe not a pretty part, maybe one that some would wish to forget, but a part of this nations history nonetheless. as are many other parts of Americas history that are not pretty or honorable, but they are again a part of this nations history.

I am not fond of some statues and monuments myself, but I understand, allow and respect that they are a part of this nations history.
To remove the monuments or change them destroys a unique part of this nations and Virginia's history. We cannot change history, but we should learn from it and not make similar mistakes in the future.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

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Posted by Mike LaBelle on 04/24/2018 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Richmond wants to double its miles of bike lanes this year. Is that enough to keep cyclists safe?

@those pesky bikers- As usual you "think" you know all and everyone. As a matter of fact I do obey all traffic laws and the speed limit. You don't know me, so don't judge me and be so droll as to think you do. as far as thousands of cyclists getting killed every year, the facts simply do not support that statement, according to the NHTSA it is under 1,000, in 2014 the last year data was compiled for this, not that this is acceptable. Motorists deaths were at 38,000 plus in 2015 according to the NSC. The law says yield to pedestrians, so yes that is what I do. So maybe you should stop spewing BS and actually do something to educate those cyclists who do NOT follow the law/rules of the road. I realize the truth bothers you for some reason, so try and understand that some of us actually mean what we say.

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Posted by Mike LaBelle on 05/17/2017 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Richmond wants to double its miles of bike lanes this year. Is that enough to keep cyclists safe?

I have no problem sharing the road with cyclists as long as they are going to follow the law as I am required to do. The same laws apply for cyclists as motor vehicle drivers, stop at red lights and stop signs, yield the right of way as required, etc. 98% of the riders I have seen in Northside do not follow the law.

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Posted by Mike LaBelle on 05/16/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Richmond Teachers, Students and Parents Rally for More Schools Funding

Kazoo,
Did you not read my comment that already stated this fact? This has been the case for years, the city has always had a higher cost per student than just about any other area in the state.

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Posted by Mike LaBelle on 02/15/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Richmond Teachers, Students and Parents Rally for More Schools Funding

If memory serves me, Richmond City schools still have the highest cost per student in the state, abysmal test, poor performance and graduation rates and schools in some of the poorest conditions in the state. So when the RSB can manage their money, teachers and schools appropriately, then and only then will I support more money to be thrown at the schools when they have proven over the years they cannot maintain the current schools, provide a quality education and provide a substantial graduation rate for the students of the schools.

No way do I want anymore of my tax dollars to be wasted.

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Posted by Mike LaBelle on 02/11/2016 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Sen. Kaine Tackles Gun Loophole

Kaine stretching the truth again to meet his agenda. The problem lies in the care of the mentally ill.

You also have the just totally whacked persons who only want t5o kill others and no amount of gun control will stop this unfortunately.

provide enough money to update and modernize the state records which form the database for the NICS. Make sure that those records can be instantly uploaded to the database. Require that any state taking the funds set in place safeguards to ensure those records are uploaded within 48 hours.

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Posted by Mike LaBelle on 11/02/2015 at 8:19 AM

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