Sen. Allen and Minorities

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Please add one more African American woman to the George Allen camp ("Allen for Senate," Editorial, Thursday) As a single parent who raised a child, alone, from the time she was 13 months old through receiving her doctorate, I only have time for the really important stuff. All I need to know about Sen. Allen is his record:

* He supported reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.

* He sponsored the Minority Serving Institution Digital and Wireless Technology Opportunity Act to provide $250 million a year in federal grants for minority-serving institutions to upgrade their telecommunications infrastructure.

* Along with Sen. John W. Warner, he secured $850,000 to conduct low-cost or free counseling and educational workshops through the Women's Health Center in Northern Virginia. The center serves women, men and children across all races and economic levels.

* Secured language in a comprehensive energy bill "to increase, to the maximum extent practicable, the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities at every level of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. …