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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Observing political signs blossoming around Hollins, residents might think that the calamitous federal public debt has been replicated in Roanoke County.
Mike Bailey is the conservative Republican candidate for Hollins District supervisor in the Republican firehouse primary May 11. His opponent, Al Bedrosian, is attempting to alarm voters about a $200 million long-term county debt by implying that the county’s borrowing practices are out of control, and we should have no debt.
What he doesn’t point out is the debt is being used primarily for capital improvements of public schools, the debt is slightly more than the annual county budget of $170 million and debt service is less than 10 percent of the budget.
He ignores that most taxpaying families recognize that having personal debt is vital if they are to have homes, cars and capital goods. The county has internal constraints on borrowing that have produced one of the top fiscal public ratings in the commonwealth.
Bailey does not aggressively overreact in this manner.
I am supporting Bailey in the Republican primary. He is concerned about the fiscal status of the county, but recognizes many steps the county has taken to ensure fiscal solvency.
Security guard was a real-life superhero
Re: “Off-duty guard responds to call,” April 16 news story:
The shooting incident at the New River Valley Mall could have resulted in a number of different outcomes. A certainty, however, is that on account of Jim Gorman being there, it ended the best way possible.
On his day off, no less, Gorman somehow responded, superhero-like, before anyone else and put a peaceful end to an extremely violent situation.
Everyone at the mall that day is fortunate for his fearless and authoritative response — the shooter included, as it is difficult to imagine that he would not also have been shot, possibly killed, had Gorman not got to him first.
Instead of a suit and tie, the security company should have bought Gorman a cape to wear for his media interview.
Thatcher deserved better from the Brits
I am appalled at the vitriol heaped upon former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by the British. I knew that British culture, like our own, was deteriorating, but I was still a little surprised at the intense hatred expressed in their actions.
There was a time when the dead, regardless of political persuasions, were treated with some measure of respect. I suppose that is another indication of our slide toward Gomorrah.
I was equally appalled at Rosemary Haskell’s hatchet job of Thatcher printed in The Roanoke Times (“Thatcher was larger than life,” April 16 commentary), and of The Times’ decision to consider it as an opinion worthy of promoting. I guess my naïveté is mind-boggling.
Bombs don’t kill people . . .
I’m searching, but unable to find data: It would be interesting to discover how many nationwide deaths and wounds were delivered by guns on the day of the Boston Marathon.
Via the rhetoric of the National Rifle Association, I suppose it was the person, not the bombs, that caused the horrific toll in Boston.
Hold the mayo — and the guns
Not long ago, as a formerly frequent patron, I visited a popular hamburger restaurant in Blacksburg to place an order. I was immediately followed in line by three 20-or-so-year-old guys, all prominently sporting holstered firearms strapped to their waists with belts that appeared to contain extra ammunition clips.
I suppose the three of them would argue that I should have felt safer by their presence. The reverse was true.
If child-friendly restaurants have a right to exercise a no shoes, no shirt, no service policy, then I suggest they apply a policy to exclude gun-toting patrons as well.
DAVID W. GRIFFITHS
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