- Last Updated on 08:05 AM 07/04/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Garbage fees, what’s next?
To the editor:
Well, the rich board of supervisors has done it again. They’ve dumped another burden on the taxpaying citizens, of all things, garbage. What’s next? Will I be charged a yearly tax just for breathing county air? Will I be charged a tax for my grave where I will spend eternity?
This garbage fee is totally unfair. No one has quick access to green boxes. They are not equally distributed throughout zoned areas. County residents must drive long distances just to discard trash.
Now those brilliant people on the board are going to charge $48 a year on your county personal property taxes for waste disposal.
I have been unemployed for three years, and I am currently receiving no unemployment compensation. I no longer have health insurance because I cannot afford it, and then I was put out of work on disability after seven years of service because someone said I could not do everything that was required.
Now back to the garbage fee. My wife is being forced to meet all my medical bills, medication bills and all other household expenses.
We cannot survive until the end of the month now; this will mean I will be forced to go without medication in December just so she can pay a waste disposal fee.
I guess I had better get used to living in prison because sooner or later I will be jailed for tax evasion because I cannot afford to pay the tax rates this county has in effect.
I guess in a few years we will owe $1,000 just to discard waste.
There are a lot of households who have individuals who receive separate personal property tax bills (in two different names). Does this mean the county will be charging a household with two people receiving personal property tax bills $96? ($48 each for waste disposal)
This is not fair. I want to know why extra taxes are being imposed on a poor economic county.
Also, they could focus their attention on retrieving the millions of dollars of unpaid taxes in the county instead of continuing to come after the poor.
I am not the only citizen in this county who is unemployed and facing these difficult times.
Also now I understand people who do not have health insurance by the year 2014 will have to pay $600 at the end of the year. Again, I will be in jail for tax evasion.
Election day is coming, and we should sweep this board clean and elect officials who will vote in the best interest of poor county citizens.
What will happen to those who do not pay the tax while innocent citizens are paying their share? Will there be any consequences for failure to pay?
Election day is coming soon, so let’s everyone get out and vote for “change.”
Floyd Daniel Scearce
Happy Independence Day
To the editor:
As a retired federal worker with 35 years of service at several federal departments and the District of Columbia, the Fourth of July is an important day for me. Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers have played a significant role in America’s achievements.
The contributions of federal workers will be very much in evidence this week as Americans prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Millions of Americans will check a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grill meat inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, fly in skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.
Others will enjoy time outdoors in our National Parks, travel with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and visit post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military.
My fellow federal workers and I are proud of the job we’ve done for America for the last 236 years.
We wish you and the nation we love a happy Independence Day.
James E. Dickerson,
America has been defeated
To the editor:
Today, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court, with the help of most Democrats, Barack Obama, and quite a few Republicans, has done what no nation has previously been able to do for 236 years.
The United States of America has been defeated.
We are no longer a nation of free people governed by a Constitution. We are now governed by the tax code.
It was ruled that the federal government can force us all to buy health insurance and that if we refuse we can be fined or taxed for refusing.
Whether or not you favor Obamacare, let’s take this thought a little further. Let’s say our officials decide you should buy only a certain type of vehicle or that we should all buy only chicken instead of hamburger.
If we refuse, a fine or tax could be used to force us to buy what we were told.
Taking this reasoning further still, if we were told not to buy a certain item, let’s say sports cars, could we not be fined or taxed for doing so?
Could we also be fined or taxed if we did not behave as we were told in other situations?
As I see it, the list is endless.
Our Constitution is useless because these decisions do not have to be based on whether or not they are constitutional.
We have been pushed over the edge of a slippery slope, and I fear the slide will not be stopped.
Many will say I am being foolish. Maybe I am. For the sake of our children and grandchildren I sure hope so.
Larry B. Anderson
Thanks for coverage
To the editor:
Thank you so much for the great coverage you did for “Cinderella.”
The Community Arts Center Foundation (CACF) Board and staff really appreciates it.
To the editor:
I have lived in the Halifax County area for 20 years and am the branch president of the NAACP in Halifax.
Throughout my life I have seen and experienced many things, but I’m just starting to understand how they connect to climate change as well as the health and wellbeing of my community. Now that I know, I want policymakers to take aggressive action in reversing climate change by drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions— particularly carbon pollution from coal fired power plants—for the sake of my family and the global family.
After 20 years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally proposed carbon pollution standards for power plants. They could not have come sooner because passing and enforcing those carbon pollution standards will help in two ways: 1) improving air quality and health; and 2) stopping climate change.
Although air pollution is a big issue for the general population, it is especially critical to African-Americans because it affects us disproportionately.
The EPA Green Book showed, for example, that 71 percent of African-Americans live in counties in violation of air pollution standards, compared to 58 percent of whites.
The Virginia Department of Health found that of the 680 asthma deaths in Virginia from 1999 to 2004, the mortality rates among African-Americans were three times higher than those for whites.
Virginia, by the way, has asthma rates that are higher than the national average according to the Virginia Asthma Coalition.
Climate change is affecting our everyday life, and as the temperature increases we all could see more extreme summers and winters, natural disasters and debilitating health, social and economic problems.
The change in the climate brings hurricanes and other natural disasters that will disproportionately weigh on African-Americans in Virginia and across the country.
The yet-to-be-released study, Coal Blooded, points out that the median wealth of African-American households is one-tenth of that of the white households, which leaves African-Americans with fewer resources to fall back on when disaster hits.
My community is located dangerously close to the Clover Power Plant. We suffer from high rates of asthma which I understand is tied to the smoke toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants, and it is that same smoke that puts pollution into the air and increases climate change.
In the NAACP’s Coal Blooded report, which evaluates 378 coal-fired power plants on how they affect low-income communities and communities of color — our state of Virginia has eight plants marked as “failing.” These plants emit levels of chemicals and heavy metals that no one in Virginia should be exposed to. It was deeply disturbing to learn that the Clover Power Station, right here in Clover, is one of those failing plants.
We must move away from dirty industries that are polluting my community and others around the nation and around the planet. Corporations aren’t going to do it on their own, so we need policies to enforce major reductions in pollution.
We have to do this now for the sake of present and future generations.
Kevin L. Chandler
NAACP Branch President
To the editor:
The storm on Friday, June 29, left a lot of Halifax County citizens without electricity. I was one of them. My power went out Friday night and came on Sunday afternoon around 4:30 p.m.
I listened to the radio Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday morning for any kind of news ... nothing.
I called the radio station on Sunday morning. The man who answered the phone was very nice. He said he didn’t know anything but said Nick Long was on top of it.
Well, if reporting nothing is on top of it, God help us if we have a real disaster in this county.
If that had been a ballgame, we would have had an update every five minutes with full details.
This disaster I could not find out anything. The sheriff’s office knew very little. The power company’s answer was “we are aware of outages in your area.”
I received two phone calls from the emergency center about shelters, and I know a lot of people benefitted with that information.
I wish we could have some information about the outage.
Monday after I read the paper, the radio reported some news on the outage. It is apparent the radio only reports what is printed in the paper.
Listen all citizens, if we have a real disaster in this county, do not depend on the local radio station for updates.
Make other arrangements.
To the editor:
Post 8 American Legion wishes to thank all the participants, all the sponsors and those who worked hard to make the recent Post 8 Baseball Golf Tournament at the Green’s Folly Course such a success.
The proceeds go to the support of American Legion Baseball to help the young men of our community.
Once again thanks to everyone and especially our sponsors.
Chairman Baseball Committee
Post 8 American Legion
To the editor:
In response to Ms. Marshall’s Op-Ed on Wednesday, June 20:
A huge round of applause is in order. The argument is well-spoken, well thought out and right on point.
Ms. Marshall states: “The phantasmagorical myths of the Bible do not count as evidence in any aspect. (As to the scientific validity of homosexuality.)
“It is obligatory that humans learn that the Bible is not a source of morality either. Rape, slavery, genocide and misogyny are present and upheld in Bible verses.”
Ms Marshall goes on, “ Using the Bible as evidence of anything is simply illogical, unconstructive and intellectually fallacious.”
Mr. Whitlock seems to have a Biblical answer to the question of homosexuality, and I will here pose a few questions that he may be able to enlighten me on:
Leviticus 18:22 states that homosexuality is an abomination and cannot be condoned under any circumstances. This is the end of the debate, right?
Can someone then please tell me how to solve a few problems?
1. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In today’s day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
2. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev. 15, 19-24 . The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
3. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev. 1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
4. I have a neighbor that insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or should I ask the police to do it?
5. A friend of mine feels that even though shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10 - it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?
6. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20 or is there some wiggle-room here?
7. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?
8. I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
9. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go through all the trouble of getting the entire town together to stone them? (Lev. 24:10-16) Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with the in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God’s world is eternal and unchanging.
Thanks for coverage
To the editor:
We would like to thank you for running the article and pictures of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting of the Members in your June 27 edition.
This meeting is an important event for our organization and is well attended by our members.
We appreciate your coverage and invite you to make plans to attend our meeting next year.
It will be held on the third Wednesday of June, and we would love to have you join us.
Debbie Blue Winn
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
‘Fast and Furious’ raises questions
To the editor:
As an interested gun owner, I was curious as to the facts behind the “Fast and Furious” controversy now before the U. S. House Oversight and Government Committee Chaired by Rep. Darrell lssa (R-Calif.) and the “Wide Receiver” program during the Bush Administration.
The Obama Administration, specifically Eric Holder, indicated that “Fast and Furious” was a continuation of the Wide Receiver program and that neither he (Holder) or Obama were aware of “Fast and Furious.”
First, “Wide Receiver” started in 2005 and was ended in October of 2007, some two years before “Fast and Furious” started in September of 2009.
Second, “Wide Receiver” was a sting operation which involved the Mexican authorities, while “Fast and Furious” was an operation so cloak-and dagger that Mexican authorities weren’t even notified that thousands of semi-automatic firearms were being sold to people in Arizona thought to have links to Mexican drug cartels.
“Wide Receiver” was a small-scale gun smuggling law enforcement operation with tracking devices embedded into guns sold to smugglers and a record of 1,400 arrests.
“Wide Receiver” was suspended after it was discovered that the tracking devices were being found and disabled.
“Fast and Furious” on the other hand was an effort to build a case against American gun dealers and manufacturers. There were no tracking devices involved, no effort to make arrests and no effort to interdict guns being smuggled into Mexico.
“Fast and Furious” was stopped only after it was found out to exist and two border agents and over 200 Mexicans had been killed with weapons linked to “Fast and Furious.”
Eric Holder finally admitted that “Fast and Furious” existed in May 2011.
“Wide Receiver” and “Fast and Furious” have one common thread, they both involved guns crossing the border. While “Wide Receiver” was an effort to track the gun smuggles and arrest those involved, “Fast and Furious” made no effort to track the arrest of gun smugglers. In my opinion, its objective was to turn as many Americans against guns so that more stringent gun laws could be passed and the Second Amendment voided; i.e. it was and is a direct attack on the Second Amendment and on the rights of citizens to own firearms of any kind.
Representative Darrell Issa sent a letter to the Obama Administration laying out a case for reality on the matter of “Fast and Furious.”
Obama’s assertion of executive privilege with regards to the information sought by Darrell Issa’s committee raises questions.
A heavy heart
To the editor:
When I go to church on Sunday and on Wednesday night my heart is sad. I see children and their parents on the ballfield.
Don’t get me wrong. I think playing ball or dance is good for children. It gives them good social skills and teaches them sportsmanship. My problem is that they should be in church at these times. The games can be played on other nights.
Our children are not ours, they belong to God. He only lends them to us. He tells us to bring them up in the way they should go.
A child does what he sees. If a parent goes to church when it is open, the children will believe they should too.
The greatest gift a parent can give a child is the gift of Jesus. Everything comes next. We will all be judged by Jesus someday. We will all have to answer to him. Will he say a job well done?
We should all start at home, followed by church.
I do not mean to offend anyone, but this is my belief. I pray God will install this in all people who need God. God gave us his all; we should do no less.
May God bless you all.