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Monday, June 3, 2013
Developers should flee Blacksburg
My advice to the current developers, Fiddler’s Green Partners, of the Old Blacksburg Middle School property is to run, run as fast as you can away from Blacksburg. Find a community that really wants your development.
I propose that a shrine be built in the center of the property. This shrine should have busts with the likenesses of the Blacksburg Town Council, planning board, zoning office, its mayor and the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.
These folks could then have a place to go to pay homage to each other as they pat each other on the back for yet another botched attempt at development.
On gun-toting at Liberty University
Keith Martin (“Armed and safer,” May 19 commentary) wants his daughter to be safe. I would want my daughter on a campus where guns are reported, not carried.
But it’s not about safety. It’s about Liberty supporting its right-wing radical friends.
No handgun is a match for an assault rifle with a 30-round clip. Martin thinks carrying a gun will deter this. I guess he thinks a handgun is a match for the .50-caliber sniper rifle, equipped with computerized ballistic scope, capable of piercing armor a mile away. Sold by Ronnie Barrett, CEO of Barrett Firearms and a National Rifle Association board member.
Right-wing radicals are distorting facts to push their political views, as they feel the need for assault weapons to defend against a government takeover. I say good luck against the Cobra gunship or Scud missile. Things would be safer if assault rifles remain in the hands of law enforcement and military.
I know now if ever I want to get a degree in hypocrisy, I’ll enroll at Liberty, not for safety reasons.
He’d cut out pork, if only he could
I am deeply saddened by the pending sale of Smithfield Foods to Chinese investors. It seems like a treasonist move to sell out to a competitor, especially such a historic institution like Smithfield. I do not eat pork, but if I did, I would not buy from Smithfield now.
It’s energy interests vs. the public interest
We must get corporations out of government. Corporations are not people, and should not have the right to pour limitless funds into election campaigns. We should have public funding for elections so corporations will stop buying politicians.
We should ignore ads that tell us what and when to buy. We don’t need huge-screen TVs, cars and houses. If we are ever going to reduce CO2 levels in the air, we must stop buying electronic devices and big gas-burners. There is something wrong with a system that is supposed to collapse if we don’t buy a lot of things we don’t need.
A climate bill calling for a $20-a-ton tax on CO2 would lower unemployment by creating incentives for green building construction and retrofits. Lawmakers know this, but take money from fossil fuel companies and do not vote for it.
The scientific evidence for climate change is overwhelming. Over the next 20 years, we must spend $10 trillion to combat climate change. If we wait 10 years to start, it will cost twice that.
Are we going to wait until Hampton Roads is under 6 feet of ocean before we believe it?
IRS reviews might not be so unfair
Let me see, 300 cases were pulled for review by the Cincinnati Internal Revenue Service office, including about 75 with “Tea Party,” “Patriot” or “2012” in their name and about 20 from the left of the political spectrum. At first glance, that seems unbalanced.
But consider, the right went all out with major numbers of 501 (c) (4)s. The left, not so much, is my strong impression. It is quite possible that about equal percentages of cases were reviewed on each side. No one seems to have considered this in the “blame game.”
ROBERT D. SHEPARD
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