Letters 05/15/12

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Way to pay

    With the economy and the job market the way it is today, we need to make ourselves stand out in order to be considered for a job.  One way we can stand out is through education, however going to college is expensive, and we see the price of a college education rises each day. 
    However, there is a way to pay for college, and that is through the Tobacco Region Scholarship, formerly known as the Southside Loan Forgiveness Program.    Now you have nothing to lose by applying for this assistance, because you will never have to worry about paying it back, even if you don’t come back to the area.  However, if you do come back and obtain full time employment, then you will qualify for an employment bonus of up to $2000 a year, not to exceed the number of years you received money from this program.  
    This is a win-win situation.  First you get money to help you pay for your tuition and fees associated with the cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree, which will make you more marketable in this job market, which you will never have to worry about paying back. 
    Secondly, if you come back to a qualifying locality and obtain full time employment you get even more money in your pocket.  The application is available online at http://tobacco.swcenter.edu and only takes about 10 minutes to fill out. 
    Anyone who is  a United States Citizen and has lived in a qualifying locality for at least a year can apply. If you are going for a bachelor’s degree, why not apply and see what happens, what do you have to lose?  But you have everything to gain.  For more information feel free to call me at (434) 572-5484.

Paul A. Farrar
South Boston


    Geoff Colvin made the following statement in the 4/30/12 issue of FORTUNE:
    “At the beginning of the 20th century, the top causes of death in the u.s. were communicable diseases-flu, tuberculosis, curses that could strike any of us. Today the top causes of death are noncommunicable diseases that result mostly from the way we live-coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, some cancers. Medical researchers call them lifestyle diseases.
    “What’s important from a policy perspective is not just that these diseases cause the most deaths, but also that they cause the most spending. The great majority of America’s staggering $2.6 trillion health care tab (as of 2010) was spent treating lifestyle diseases. While we rightly worry about health care costs rising eight or nine percent a year, we spend well over 50 percent of our costs on diseases  caused mostly by the way we choose to behave. If Americans behaved just a little differently, our health care costs could settle down to a sustainable growth rate that matches the economy’s growth, or could even fall further.”
    I have presented a series of editorials that has shown most poverty is “Lifestyle Poverty”, which also cannot be solved by Socialism.
    The only successful programs to deal with Lifestyle Diseases/Poverty have been:
    1) Christianity where a person accepts Jesus/Christ as Lord/Savior and commits to following the commandments/doctrines of the Bible and
    2) Alcoholics Anonymous which is based on Christian Principles. 
    Neither take money from the government.
    Socialism is an ever increasing cost to governments that must be phased out of government in order for America to return to prosperity.
    The phase out of Socialism begins in November 2012 by getting Democrats out of control of the government.  The Democratic Party exists only because the people involved in Lifestyle Diseases/Poverty work and vote for Democrats.   Democrats get much support from Atheists and Socialists (Atheistic Liberal News and Entertainment Industry) that believe Lifestyle Diseases/Poverty can be cured by Socialism.
    Christians that are involved in helping the poor should make sure they are not subsidizing Lifestyle Diseases/Poverty.  The greatest need of all people is salvation.

Clifford D. Russell

A look back

    The late Bedford physician Dr. Alfred B. Claytor (1869-1948) wrote the following editorial which appeared in the Bedford Bulletin Thursday, May 19, 1932. Upon reading Dr. Claytor’s most excellent treatise it is clearly evident that our political and economical status has made little or no advancement in the last 80 years. This should be an eye opener to all of us.
    Portions of Alfred B. Claytor’s letter:
    “We recently held a mass meeting in the City Hall called in protest against excessive taxation in Bedford. There was no protest, and when the meeting broke up, it seemed we had assembled for the express purpose of praising our school and tax system.
     “We were told the tax rate in Bedford would be in the future $1.25. That sounds very good. Now Mr. Property Owner, take a piece of paper and a pencil in your hand and start with the dog tax, license tax, auto tax, property tax, in town and county, etc and when you add up you will find you pay on the assessed value of your property not less than 4 percent. The school system in Bedford is a political oligarchy crushing you to earth. $45,000 a year to run a county school is out of all reason. This sum of money in the old days when our public school system was under Mr. Guy would have run our public school 25 years. Now, only one year. A 4 percent rate means confiscation and loss of your property.
    “… We are confronted with a great political crisis which extends from Lowry’s crossing to Washington, and from Washington to Maine, from Maine to Alaska, down the Pacific coast to Texas, up the Mississippi Valley to the political bankrupt city of Chicago. Bedford is no exception.18,000,000 politicians are living on our taxes and are swarming over this land and so many political locusts, gnawing on our very door. ...
    “We have two memories in Bedford to be proud of. One is the Confederate Monument which stands for all time to remind us that our fathers died in defense of private property against political seizure and against the torch bearing political armies of Pennsylvania. Our statue of Captain Buford represents the same sentiments. ...”

Steve Everett