While most of the rest of the country is getting a short breather from the mess of elections this year, we in Virginia get the pleasure of a race for governor and many other state offices.

I can tell it’s campaign season because the newspapers, radio, television and my mail box are full of claims from candidates who claim they have the solution to our traffic mess.

Of course, all the people running four years ago, including the guy who won, made exactly the same promise. And everyone four years before that.

However, all of their plans involve paving over more land and none deal with the stupid growth patterns. Don’t bother with talking about telecommuting and don’t you dare suggest anyone give up their SAV (suburban assault vehicle).

Four years from now the politicians trying to squeeze votes out of this area in 2009 will be offering the same old crap.