Letters to the Editor

Posted: September 28, 2013

Va. taxes are low and should stay so

I am concerned that many Virginia voters do not realize how lucky they are to live here. I retired to Virginia to get away from taxes that a retired person couldn’t afford. My real estate taxes had gone up to being almost as high as what I paid for my house.

Now, as I look back to this neighboring state, I see gas prices at least $.20 more a gallon than Virginia’s because of taxes. I hear all the hoop-la about Virginia taxes being raised so high in the last legislative session. Please take note that gas prices went down.

The sales tax was raised from 5 percent to 5 1/3 percent, which means one has to spend $2 to have it go up a penny. Northern Virginia counties were given the option to raise their taxes in order to find ways to alleviate their traffic problems. This was a way to keep the rest of the counties from paying for a problem that wasn’t theirs.

The ads condemning Cuccinelli for his supposed hatred of women’s rights is ridiculous. He can’t stop divorce nor can he stop abortions. What he did want to do with the requirement of ultrasound was to let the woman see for herself that in her womb was a baby.

Our leaders have also taken a stand to do their best to protect state’s rights and our God-given rights and not cave into all the liberal ideas coming out of Washington.

As you go to vote on November 5, please look to the states near Virginia and their taxes, their liberal ideas and their leadership, and decide that Virginia does not need a new Virginian with a poor record in managing businesses leading us.

H. Patricia Pearce


Life and liberty — rights to protect

Unfortunately, our own government has chosen to deny these rights, thanks to Obamacare.

Let’s identify how these rights are denied to a 26-year-old female. She is mandated to purchase government-approved health insurance, despite the fact that she needs to pay her student loans, her rent, her utilities, and gas to get to work.

At work, she finds that her employer has limited her hours due to the increased cost of providing that insurance. Her liberty to prioritize her own spending has been denied.

And the healthcare she is now forced to purchase on her own must cover the costs of denying the very right to life of unborn babies.

Obamacare limits healthcare according to the dictates of bureaucrats. It allows some services while denying others that are deemed unimportant.

Do we trust our government to make these decisions for us? To mandate what we must buy? To decide what healthcare is best in our personal situation?

We need to elect leaders who stand up for life and liberty. The 29th District will do just that by electing Mark Berg as Delegate.

Debbie Berg

Frederick County

October is month to focus on food

Looking through my calendar of national observances, it appears that October

is turning into “food month,” beginning with World Vegetarian Day and World Day for Farm Animals on October 1 and 2, continuing with National School Lunch Week on October 14-18 and World Food Day on October 16, and

culminating with Food Day on October 24.

World Day for Farm Animals Day (www.WFAD.org), on October 2 is perhaps the most dramatic of these. It celebrates the lives, exposes the abuses, and memorializes the slaughter of billions of sentient animals raised for food.

Recent undercover investigations showed male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, pigs clobbered with metal pipes, and cows skinned and dismembered while still conscious.

Moreover, a recent Harvard study of more than 120,000 people confirmed once again that meat consumption raises mortality from cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Animal agriculture accounts for more water pollution than all other human activities. A 2011 United Nations report recommends eating less meat to reduce greenhouse gases.

The good news is that our meat consumption has been dropping by nearly 4% annually! Entering “live vegan” in a search engine brings lots of useful transition tips.

Nelson Vrooman


Words of wisdom still true today

In 1943, I attended a Middle School in the Bronx, N.Y. In those days it was called junior high school, (William Niles JHS 118), and our teachers were wonderful, smart and were able to spend their time teaching.

Disciplinary problems were few because if your parents found out you were causing any problem in school, you were punished when you got home....no questions asked!

My favorite teacher was Miss Brown. She taught me math and, because of her encouragement, I actually finished studying the math book half way through the term.

Miss Brown was smart in many ways and in those days, (it was 1947), she had an often repeated quote: “The press is the greatest way to misinform the unintelligent.”

Still true today!

Simon Volinsky