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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, Oct. 31

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A sunken battleship

To the editor:

The presidential debates are over. The campaign tours have just a few days left, then all of America will cast our vote on Nov. 6 for the highest office within the United States. 

I heard someone say that debates are for people who are undecided, but that may not be accurate. I simply want to know more about how this country operates, and debates provide good information.

I made up my mind about who to vote for long before any debate. Both candidates feel that they have the best interest and plan for this country, but sometimes the vote comes down to whose plan better fits your needs and those for your families. This works for me, and so one candidate has a slight edge over the other in terms of the economy and on foreign policy.

Mr. Romney’s plan to champion small business which he feels will create 12 million new jobs that will produce a rise in take home pay sounds wonderful, but I can tell you from experience that what sounds good may not always be good.

For three years I worked for a Fortune 500 company in which I was paid below minimum wage at start with an increase of only 19 cents the first year and only nine cents each year after that. 

Mr. Romney seems to think that if companies get a tax break, that would create an incentive for them to pay a little more to their employees. I must say here that not all companies slight their employees; however, the trend is leaning more in that direction everyday. 

What Mr. Romney may not realize is that any money that a company receives as a surplus doesn’t always trickle down to its employees. It stays in the hands of CEOs to account as distributed wealth among the wealthy. His plan to champion small business could defeat an even smaller employee.

President Obama’s plan realizes that most Americans do not receive a fair wage. This is why he continues to explain that instead of starting from the top, start from the middle and extend outward so that middle class and the poor can have a fair advantage to rise to the top. 

Governmental assistance is not something that people should frown on. President Obama knows that out of every dollar that someone earns, some is put back into the government to be used as an aid. It’s our money. It’s my money, and I will use it.

The point I am trying to make is this. I was working for a Fortune 500 company, so how is it that any employee whose company earns tens of billions of dollars each year is considered to be a poverty level employee? 

You do the math. When you figure out that, it doesn’t add up. Re-elect President Barack Obama on Nov. 6. 

Sincerely,

Beverly Bell

South Boston

 

So disgusted

To the editor:

I’ve never been so disgusted in my life. A better word might be nauseated because four Americans were needlessly killed in Benhhazi while CIA operatives, just one mile away, were told to “stand down” when they asked for permission to go help. 

Being denied approval after a second request, one hour later, two of them went anyway and were killed along with two other Americans that included our ambassador to Libya. 

General Petraeus, head of the CIA, said it wasn’t him or anyone in his command. Who else has such authority other than the White House?

When asked about this during an interview, Obama refused to provide any direct answers but said he would “find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.”

Are you kidding me? Justice will only be served when the president is held accountable.

Dan Shaw

Halifax

Thankful for grant

To the editor:

Hello, I am a brand new teacher at Scottsburg Elementary. I have the privilege of working with many amazing kids.  As an educator, I have the chance every day to witness that “Aha!” moment when a student learns something new. It is truly something wonderful to behold. It is especially rewarding when you try out a new, creative approach to learning, and the children really grasp the concept you wanted to impart.

I recently received a grant from the Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation. I applied for the grant to be able to implement an interactive approach to phonemic awareness, utlizing a PBS show called Between the Lions. This grant will offer many more “Aha” moments  for struggling readers and bookworms alike.  

I would like to publicly thank the foundation for awarding me this grant. I know the young readers at Scottsburg Elementary School are going to love “getting wild about reading!”

Thank you,

Kristin Berry

Scottsburg
Elementary educator

South Boston

 

Accident victim grateful

To the editor:

Thank you seems so small for the help that was given to me. I’ll always be grateful for all the help in getting me out of the woods and to the hospital. 

 I do thank Triangle Rescue Squad and all the others who helped and who were there.

I was hunting at my dad’s place, when coming down from the deer stand, it came loose, and I fell about 15 feet down. I couldn’t move or even try to get up. 

My dad and a friend called the rescue squad, and one of them drove his truck down in the woods and brought me out to the ambulance.

I don’t know who he was, but I do know he was a blessing. I was airlifted to Duke Hospital in Durham where they also were very good to me.

I know God was with me because it could have been a lot worse.

All of the rescue workers were great, not only to me but to my parents also. I thank you all, and may God bless all of you.

Also I would like to thank all of those who are praying for me. I know God is listening, and I’m improving a little more each day. 

May God bless you all,

David Whitlow
and family

 

Vote: Take out the garbage in Washington

To the editor:

I can’t tell you how I long for the days when America was America. We didn’t know when Obama said he would give us change that he meant nickels and dimes, and he would get the big bucks. 

Twenty-five years ago “we had Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. Now we have Obama, no cash and no hope.”

I want a president who is a commander-in-chief and not a campaigner-in-chief, someone who is not an embarrassment to the entire country, someone who is patriotic, a loyal American, hardworking, has integrity, believes in God, someone who appreciates and promotes America’s greatness, someone who commands respect from foreign countries and leaders and also someone who respects our brave troops.

It is happening before our eyes as our once wonderful country sinks even deeper into a government dependent, self-centered and corrupt nation. 

Obama cannot be allowed to do more damage to our country. 

Michelle Obama stated, “Our journey is far, far from finished.” 

What do they have in store for us if elected for the next four years? In order to save America from falling into the hands of Islamic rule, we need to replace a lot more folks than just the president, also those on both sides of the aisle. 

The Obama administration is undoubtedly the most hostile administration to gun ownership in U. S. history. They want the government dictating every aspect of our life and business and want to take our gun rights away. I don’t know about you, but I am not going to let a foreign country or a gun-grabbing politician take away my God given right to protect myself and my family.

Obama is all about political gain. He is like a Trojan horse. He is on the inside destroying America, and our Congress can’t seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation. 

The president doesn’t care about anyone else except the reflection he sees in the mirror. He is the most anti-American president ever in the history of this country in office. 

He is even trying to take credit for the killing of Bin Laden. Nobody deserves credit but those great brave Navy Seals, who put their lives in jeopardy to take him out. Thank you Navy Seals. 

The lame-brained media is doing everything they can to promote Obama including not reporting on things for which they would hang a Republican.

On Obamacare or Obamatax, Dr. Barbara Bella stated the following: “We are going to be gifted with a health care plan that we are forced to purchase, fined if we don’t, signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that’s broke.”

This administration has failed to comply with a law requiring that it help soldiers deployed overseas cast ballots in their home states. 

People, our freedom is at stake, and it is our duty to preserve it for the future of our children and grandchildren. There is nothing to be trusted in Obama’s words or deeds. He has run one of the least transparent administrations in American history said spokeswoman Andrea Saul when she said, “Whether hiding lobbyists in coffee shops, cutting back-room deals on Obamacare or concealing the records of Fast and Furious, President Obama’s pledge to be transparent has turned out to be just another broken promise.”

Let’s all make a date on the first Tuesday of November (the 6th) to take out the garbage in Washington. 

Vote like your life depends on it. It does. 

As was quoted “The SEALS removed one threat to America.” Let’s remove the other threat on Nov. 6.

God bless America.

Nancy M. Ramsey

South Boston

 

Push for property rights

To the editor:

On Nov. 6, Virginians will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to Virginia’s constitution to permanently protect your private property rights. Hopefully, that vote will be a resounding “Yes.”

Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot will read: “Shall Section 11 of Article I (Bill of Rights,) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended (‘12 to require that eminent domain only be exercised where the property taken or damaged is for public use and, except for utilities or the elimination of a public nuisance, not where the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue or economic development; (ii) to define what is included in just compensation for such taking or damaging of property; and (iii) to prohibit the taking or damaging of more private property than is necessary for the public use?”

If a majority of Virginia voters approve the proposed amendment, then the state constitution will be changed to incorporate the new language and rein in eminent domain abuse. The changes would go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

By voting “Yes,” you will be making sure that:

w private property may be taken for a true “public use” only, and not taken and then given to another private landowner;

w in unfortunate circumstances where your property is taken using eminent domain, you will be correctly paid for the loss of value to your property; and

w no more of your property may be taken than is absolutely necessary.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its 2005 Kelo v, City of New London, Conn. decision, ruled that the U.S. Constitution allowed one person’s property to be taken by the government and then sold or given to someone else who promised to use it to generate more jobs and taxes. Could this happen in Virginia? It has, and cases are currently pending in which it could happen again if this amendment does not pass.

We’re fortunate to have a state legislature that recognizes the need to put the fundamental right of private property into our state constitution. While the proposed amendment received bipartisan support in two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly, the ultimate decision will be made by you, Virginia’s voters.

The amendment would tighten the state’s definition of public use, which at the moment is left to the discretion of the General Assembly. It also will make sure that if your farm, your home or your business is taken in a legitimate use of eminent domain, you will receive just compensation. It’s time Virginia recognized that you need to be paid for what your land and livelihood are worth.

If you own property — or aspire to own property — I hope you will make time on Nov. 6 to protect your rights. It’s been a long campaign to get the proposed amendment on this year’s ballot, but the fight’s not over until officials tally the votes.

Please vote YES on Question 1.

Scott Crowder

President

Halifax County Farm Bureau

 

Deserve something better

To the editor:

On Oct. 17, Paula Bryant urged all registered voters to familiarize themselves with the ideas and plans of the candidates and then to go to the polls and vote. 

For most voters, I think that this is excellent advice. I do believe, however, that there are some people who may have very good reasons to decide that they should not vote, at least not this year.

We still find the occasional voter who is a Democrat simply because Abe Lincoln was a Republican. Some stick to the Democratic Party because they have heard that FDR led the country through the Depression and World War II. Many others view the Democratic Party as the historical champion of the working man and of civil rights. 

It is these fellow citizens, God-fearing and patriotic Americans, to whom I offer the thoughts in this letter.

Please note that the Democratic Party has enthusiastically embraced both abortion and homosexual “marriage.” If you doubt it, follow Ms. Bryant’s suggestion to study the positions of the candidates. Go ahead and read the Democratic Party’s platform and check the matter out for yourself.

President Obama has, of course, come out in favor of homosexual marriage. If that monstrosity gains headway, the schools will soon be teaching that sodomy is an acceptable “lifestyle,” and the courts will be fining and perhaps jailing you if you show any public disapproval of that “lifestyle.” 

If President Obama wins four more years, just wait until it becomes a criminal offense for someone to repeat what Scripture says about homosexuality. You will be sitting in church listening to a sermon, and the feds will burst in to arrest your minister for what he just read from the pulpit. 

Things like this happen in other places, and they may happen in this country if the gay movement gets its man into the White House for another four years.

Under Obamacare, anyone buying health insurance (whether for himself and his family or for his employees) is going to be required by law to pay extra premiums to cover contraception, sterilization and drug-induced abortions. 

If President Obama gets another term, watch as that requirement gets expanded until you have to pay premiums to cover surgical abortions, including the so-called “partial birth abortions.” 

And if you have moral objections to the shedding of innocent blood, that will be just too bad. President Obama likes abortion, so you will have to pay for it. 

And President Obama backs the gay agenda, so be prepared to shell out still more for health insurance policies that cover sex-change operations. If Steve wants to become Eve, or Bubbles want to become Bubba, the Democratic Party as it exists today will soon have you paying for it.

The two cases of abortion and homosexuality are enough to show that the Democratic Party of 2012 is not the same party that it was in the days of your grandfathers or your fathers. 

Today, I see no way that a well-informed Democrat who loves his God and his country can, in good conscience, vote for the likes of Mr. Obama or Mr. Kaine. The issues that separate them from most of us are matters of moral principle on which no compromise is possible.

If you are a die-hard Democrat, if you find it just too hard or too strange to vote for a Republican, I have two suggestions for your consideration. 

First, sit this election out. 

Second, get with others who think like you and take your party back from the pagans, the communists, the ex-hippies, the professional troublemakers and the overeducated flakes who took it over and stole it from you. 

You need something better, and your country deserves something better, than today’s Democratic Party.

Sincerely yours, 

Waclaw K.
Bakierowski

Halifax

 

Help sought for Angel Tree Project

To the editor:

In 1982 the Halifax County Department of Social Services organized the Angel Tree Project in an attempt to assist underprivileged children and foster children in Halifax County with gifts and clothing at Christmas time.  Due to the unstable economy in Halifax County the number of children we try to serve has grown to over 350 per year.  

The Angel Tree Project has been successful because of the community’s response to the community’s needs.  There are no governmental funds used to purchase gifts.  Your help with monetary donations or selecting angels would be greatly appreciated.

If you decide to assist us with a monetary donation, please make checks payable to The Halifax County Department of Social Services, Post Office Box 1189, Halifax, Virginia 24558.  Please designate on the memo line that the donation is for The Angel Tree Project.

On behalf of the children served, we thank you.

Sincerely,

Kim Harlow

Angel Tree Committee

 

Tiffany Leath

Angel Tree Committee

 

Tiffany Leath

Social Worker

Angel Tree Committee

 

Thanks

To the editor:

I just received a call this morning from our local collection point there in Halifax informing me of the ads you are running for Hunters for the Hungry. 

Thank you very much for assisting our charity. Getting the word out will mean more good lean meat will be donated locally.

We thank you for your time and efforts to assist us in feeding those in need.

Sincerely,

Laura Newell-Furniss

Director, Hunters for the Hungry

 

Who is responsible for the loss of American jobs?

To the editor: 

On TV we have heard many named as responsible for the loss of U.S. jobs; but who is really responsible? You and I, the consumers. 

It started when the Japanese decided to get into the American market. They started with radios. The Japanese government subsidized their companies, at a loss, so they could be priced well below that of the American radios. This was such a “good deal” we bought their radios and not ours. 

When the U.S. could not compete and stopped making radios, they then targeted the stereo market. Then TVs, and finally autos. 

Once they had the market, they raised their prices to be profitable. We fell for each one of these because we “saved money,” but we lost jobs. 

Remember when Walmart advertised how many products it had that were American made? Well, here we are today with the market flooded with products and food from “off shore.”

What is the solution? 

Simple, before we purchase a product, let’s find one made in the U.S.A. They are sometimes hard to find, but most are available. It may cost a little more, but that is not always the case. 

Let’s start this holiday season. If you can’t find what you are after, made or grown in the U.S.A., tell the store management. Better yet, let the corporate office hear about it. Tell them you will look for a retailer who has it made in the U.S.A.

If enough of us do that, things will change. Yes, we the consumer can change what our government has not. 

Demand for U.S. products will cause our factories to become busier and result in the hiring of more workers. So let’s get together and only buy USA products. 

God Bless America, 

Bob Mason

Vernon Hill

 

Response

To the editor:

In response to Bob Mason’s letter in Thursday’s News & Record concerning my support of Gen. John Douglass in the upcoming election, I would like to clarify the fact that my support for Gen. Douglass has nothing to do with party politics but everything to do with the future of Halifax County and Virginia.  

Gen. Douglass has been unwavering in his stand against uranium mining, and he supports keeping the ban on uranium mining.

That is why I support him.  Robert Hurt has been mum.

Robert Hurt comes from a very strong family, I know them, but unfortunately that family is heavily invested in and supports uranium mining that could destroy our beautiful state and our way of life.

Robert Hurt is where he is today because of the support of his family and particularly his father.  He has done nothing in the past to help those of us who are trying to stop uranium mining nor is he likely to in the future.

I have seen what uranium mining can do to an area, and we don’t want any part of it.  That is why it is so important that we elect Gen. John Douglass.

Sincerely,

Jack Dunavant

Halifax

 

Why would anyone vote for Barack Obama again?

To the editor:

President Obama does not seem to understand or appreciate business. America has prospered with free market capitalism for 236 years. Capitalism is the goose that has laid the golden eggs, and profit is not an evil word. 

Today, the capitalism goose is severely wounded by senseless government regulations, by unfair foreign competition, by the government artificially picking winners and losers and yes, wounded by punitive taxes. 

Sadly, Obama has vilified success, is growing dependency and is killing the “American Dream.” His class warfare and redistribution rhetoric are discouraging initiative, productivity and job growth.

Romney has worked in business most of his adult life. As president of Bain Capital, he developed start-up companies and grew them into powerful entities. 

Romney knows how to run businesses, and he understands how the economy works - his opponent unfortunately does not. Romney’s “Five Point Plan’ will create 12 million new jobs.

Many Americans have already seen the video of Obama recently at a conference in South Korea, leaning forward and touching Russian President Medvedev’s arm, when a hot mic caught him whispering to Medvedev “after my election, I have more flexibility,” to which the Russian replied, “I understand, I will transmit this information to Vladimir.” 

President Obama has already cut our nuclear arsenal from 5,000 to 1,500, and he wants to take them to zero. He and Vice President Biden don’t seem to understand that having a strong national defense is a deterrent.

Internationally, Obama has pulled the missile defense system from Poland, caving to Russia. He has thrown Israel under the bus, by insisting on pre 1967 borders. He can’t call Jerusalem the capitol of Israel. He and Secretary of State Clinton did not get an immunity agreement with Iraq so that we could have an orderly troop exit. That blunder risks all the blood and treasure we have invested in that struggling democracy. 

Obama said Afghanistan was the war of necessity, and yet he has handcuffed our military there with dangerous rules of engagement.

He has politicized the killing of Bin Laden, while giving Hollywood unprecedented access to our “situation room” and sensitive information. 

The killing of Bin Laden should not be politicized, as any loyal American would have made that call. 

This president has led from behind in North Africa. Without congressional authorization, he ordered the bombing and shooting of missiles into Libya for six months. Now we have an American ambassador and three other Americans killed. 

Obama should come clean with the American people. When did he first know about Ambassador Stevens’ request for more security? The intelligence community knew within 24 hours that this was a terror attack. When did he first learn that, and why did it take him up to 10 days before he changed his story that this was just a protest about the video that got out of hand? 

Obama knows our allies don’t trust us, and our enemies don’t respect us. 

There could not be a more stark contrast between the stagnation and dependency that Obama and the Democracts offer and the optimistic path of growth and opportunity offered by Romney and Paul Ryan. 

Obama has attempted to divide Americans by class warfare and by vilifying success. Romney wants every American to be successful, to realize their goals and to live the “American Dream.”

Obama has caused gridlock. He doesn’t listen, and he doesn’t meet with congressional leaders. 

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney worked with a legislature that was 87 percent Democratic and got things done. Every American who’s tired of gridlock should consider voting for Romney.

If you feel the Democratic Party has deserted you and no longer represents your values, please consider voting for Mitt Romney.

Many college students were caught up in the “Hope and Change” that Obama promised. And that is understandable, but the grim reality is that 50 percent of recent graduates can’t find a job in this Obama recession. Many of you are saddled with huge tuition debt, and many of you have moved back in with your parents. It doesn’t have to be this way. Our country can’t stand four more years of this despair. Give Romney a chance to set us back on course.

Under President Obama, welfare has grown an astounding 32 percent. 

On Nov., 6 we have a pivotal choice about America’s future. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan offer a new direction of growth and opportunity. If given the honor of serving as your next president, President Romney will work tirelessly to bring America back. 

Mike Whitney

Virgilina