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Monday, April 1, 2013
Outlawing abortions will not end them
I read with interest Bill Foreman's comments ("Women need more of a voice in Richmond," March 22 letter) about Del. Chris Head's lack of regret for voting for the transvaginal ultrasound bill.
One thing that seems to get lost in the abortion controversy is that making abortions illegal wouldn't stop them. There were abortions before they became legal, but they were often incompetently done.
I don't suggest abortion is a good thing. I suggest it should be treated with compassion instead of cruelty.
Why must we define marriage?
Marriage is a religious institution, straight up, created by God, and is a covenant with him. Government has no authority to define what is or is not marriage. For government to hint that it has that authority is arrogant, selfish and unconstitutional. Where are the "separation of church and state" advocates on this one?
I submit that those who wish for the state to define what is or is not marriage do so only to partake of any preferential treatment afforded to those who fall within the state definition. Government has created, through regulation and beyond its authority, preferences for married couples. The most egregious is a federal income tax that ensures that the married receive different treatment than the unmarried.
Further government intrusion ensures that similar discrepancies pervade our society. Because government has created these discrepancies, now it must also define what constitutes marriage, further extending the vicious circle of constitutional adulteration.
Maybe a better answer would be to repeal offensive regulations rather than create more. As an example, if a flat income tax were implemented, where all paid a proportional tax regardless of social arrangements, much of the marriage debate would evaporate.
Goodlatte supports far-out budget plan
I have received an email from Rep. Bob Goodlatte in which he declares proudly that he "voted in favor of the Republican Study Committee budget alternative that balances the budget in four years and makes even greater cuts" than the Republican budget passed by the House of Representatives.
Unfortunately, Goodlatte didn't provide any details about this "budget alternative," so I did some research. Here is what I found:
The alternative Goodlatte supported would have reinstated the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and lowered the corporate tax rate even further.
At the same time, it would have frozen federal spending at 2008 levels, increased the age for full Social Security benefits to 70 and changed Medicare to a voucher program for people who are currently 59 or younger.
It would have repealed the Affordable Care Act, again allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
The alternative that Goodlatte supported was so extreme that even with almost all House Democrats voting "present," it was defeated by a majority of Republicans.
Goodlatte should be reminded at every opportunity how out of touch he is with the vast majority of people in the 6th District.
Oppose ICLEI; support Bailey
The Blue Ridge Caucus blog, produced by The Roanoke Times at roanoke.com, announced that Mike Bailey won endorsement from the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce PAC in his bid to be the GOP nominee for the Hollins District seat on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors ("Bailey, McNamara win Chamber PAC backing," March 20 news story). Bailey is a successful businessman in Roanoke and believes strongly in free enterprise.
I became acquainted with Bailey after reading an article in The Times ("Bailey announces for Hollins seat," Jan. 3 news story) about his opposition to ICLEI, the United Nations Agenda 21 threat to control our environment, economy and social institutions.
I recommend that folks read about Bailey on his web page, electmikebailey.com. We need a man like him, who will listen to and work with people. He believes in less government and more personal responsibility.
The people in the Hollins District are lucky to be able to nominate him to the board in May.
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