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Saturday, October 12, 2013
A third, and better, choice in Hollins
When Brian Lang, Democratic candidate for the Hollins District board of supervisors seat, released his “rap” sheet, I first thought it was a joke. How can a man with Lang’s background be entrusted with managing the people’s money when he can’t manage his own?
Regarding the Republican candidate, The Roanoke Times reported May 5 (“Hollins hopefuls vie Saturday”) that Al Bedrosian was taken to court for spanking another person’s child, something he says he would do again.
You have a better choice. I highly recommend independent Gary Jarrell, a respected businessman and longtime Hollins resident, who has served Roanoke County for more than 11 years on the planning commission. He has had a place at the table dealing with numerous issues, making decisions that positively affect the well-being of all county residents and businesses.
He has helped make the county the premier place to live, work and play in Southwest Virginia. He’s a strong supporter of public education, believes in smart economic development and growth, and is of the highest integrity and character.
As a former county employee, I can attest that he is the type of independent leader Roanoke County needs. Please support him on Election Day.
THOMAS “PETE” HAISLIP
Boehner should put a clean bill to the test
On ABC’s “This Week” Oct. 6, Speaker John Boehner stated there was not enough support in the House of Representatives to pass a “clean” continuing resolution bill. Others dispute his assertion.
It doesn’t take a genius to see the obvious solution — call a vote and see whether there is or not. The speaker has it within his power to do exactly that. The fact that he refuses suggests that he is less certain of his vote count than he might be admitting.
If such a vote is held, and Boehner is correct, then his bargaining position is strengthened. If he is wrong, however, perhaps there is a glimmer of hope that some degree of sanity might be restored.
The speaker’s failure to schedule such a vote simply reveals the hypocrisy of his position.
Don’t trust the IRS to fill out tax returns
The Internal Revenue Service is shopping a proposal to prepare tax returns for free for some American taxpayers. While it may sound good on the surface, the devil is in the details.
First, it is an inherent conflict of interest to allow the IRS to be the tax collector and the tax preparer.
Second, does anyone believe the IRS could develop and implement this program in a fair and cost-effective manner?
With all the controversy surrounding the IRS, I do not believe that this could be handled in a fair, evenhanded manner.
I hope our congressional delegation will fight this effort.
Weather JournalMidday update: More ice likely later