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Monday, September 16, 2013
The traffic problem will take care of itself
Re: “State seeks forced sale of truck stop,” Sept. 6 news story:
If the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to shut down the travel center on Interstate 81 at Exit 150, why would the exit need $46.8 million in improvements? There would be such a dramatic reduction in traffic.
The current interchange would surely handle the traffic minus all the 18-wheelers.
Vote with the people, not president, on Syria
With one voice, the McMahon family of Southwestern Virginia opposes U.S. military action against the present leadership of Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons against its own countrymen, women and children.
As a family, we are not apathetic with politics. Often, our allegiances are divided and the subject of spirited debates. Every member agrees the use of chemical weapons is one of the most horrendous crimes the world can witness.
Condemnation and punishment should come from every country that finds this behavior to be atrocious. We would like the U.S. to be prepared to join, but not lead, an outraged world in meting out punishment. Regrettably, it appears we have used up our coalition-building collateral. Without a moral alliance, the U.S. cannot afford to be the distributor of justice this time.
Of my congressional representatives, it appears only Rep. Morgan Griffith is considering a vote supporting the vast majority of his constituents.
It is frustrating to watch Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine disregarding the voice of the majority of Virginians and give unwavering support to President Obama’s plan to involve the U.S. in Syria’s war. They are sent to represent our voices, not partisan loyalty.
UVa should rethink change in student aid
Re: “UVa board of visitors votes to end no-loans policy for poor students,” Aug. 8 news story, and “UVa blunders again, on student aid,” Sept. 7 commentary:
I am a graduate of a University of Virginia graduate program in the mid-’70s. I could not have done it without great support from grants and a stipend. I ask UVa please to reconsider returning to the previous plan and support bright, low-income students. Thanks to the university for helping me.
Deer hunter hasn’t changed his ways
Readers were treated to suffocating claptrap Aug. 11 (“Former hunter uses skills to preserve deer”). Bill Dixon cares for deer after being a “lifelong hunter.” Perhaps 50 years?
Dixon: “I have so much love and respect for them.” “I haven’t killed a deer since 2006.” “I love to help other people hunt. I can’t say I’ll never kill [deer] again.” He should make up his mind. Kill deer or let them live.
Dixon spews the hunter’s traditional emetic bromide, the hunter’s respect: After you slaughter the animal, you eat all of it. He doesn’t care to know respect means you don’t kill the animal any time.
He is doing no more than taking a break between killing animals. He “loves to help other people hunt.” Dixon may not pull the trigger, but he is killing deer by helping others kill deer that might not have been killed without him.
Dixon compares the death of a plant with the death of a living, breathing creature whom he professes to love and respect. Has anyone heard of a human shooting a plant?
Goodlatte’s wrong on Keystone benefits
Recently I received an email from Rep. Bob Goodlatte in which he wrote that the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States will “create tens of thousands of American jobs” and “result in lower energy prices for consumers.”
Leaving aside the many warnings about possible environmental damage from the pipeline, I want to deal with Goodlatte’s assertions regarding jobs and energy prices. According to a State Department analysis, the pipeline would generate the equivalent of only 3,900 full-time jobs (none in Virginia) in each of the two years of construction. After that, Keystone would create a mere 35 permanent jobs.
And Trans Canada, the company that would build and operate the pipeline, has never claimed that Keystone XL would reduce energy prices — only that it would not increase them. Goodlatte would better serve the people of the 6th District, and help put thousands of Virginians to work, if he supported federal funding to repair and replace aging infrastructure.Instead he routinely opposes such legislation.
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