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Bill should be voted down
Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) has introduced a bill (H2253) in the General Assembly that would repeal the state’s Land Preservation Tax Credit (LPC) to fund transportation. The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy stands firmly opposed to this bill and any others that would repeal or lessen the impact of the LPC.
The LPC is a valuable incentive for Virginians who wish to forever preserve and protect their land for the benefit of all citizens of the Commonwealth. Since the LPC was made transferable by the General Assembly in 2002, more than 619,000 acres of land in Virginia have been conserved, including nearly 200,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy’s service area in the Roanoke region.
The LPC protects working farmland at a fraction of the actual value of the land conserved, supporting the Commonwealth’s top industry, agriculture, and creates much-needed jobs and economic development by attracting new businesses, entrepreneurs and employees seeking outdoor recreational opportunities and an outstanding quality of life.
The House of Delegates should vote down H2253 and instead support and enhance the Land Protection Tax Credit, for the betterment of all Virginians today and future generations of Virginians to come.
Sandra B. Light
Blue Ridge Land Conservancy
Thank You to Civil War vets
This is a letter to thank my Great Grandfather Charles R. Franklin and my Great Uncle Henry T. Franklin and all the other civil war vets from Company C of Bedford, Va. , and all around my beloved United States of America.
Some gave their all such as Henry T. Franklin, who was KIA 11/27/1863 and the others gave as much as they could such as Charles R. Franklin who was wounded three times. I often wonder what they would have to say about out country today.
Norman L. Pugh