Letters 07/27/11

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Thank you

    On Monday, July 18, 2011, the Lynchburg Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) sponsored a fundraising Golf Tournament at Boonsboro Country Club Golf Course.  All of the proceeds from this event were designated to the Free Clinic of Central Virginia.  Because of Lynchburg NAIFA’s generosity, the Free Clinic will receive over $4,000! 
    Due to the extraordinary physician, dentist, pharmacists and nurse volunteers at the Clinic, the $4,000 raised will translate into the Free Clinic of Central Virginia providing over $80,000 worth of health care services to the uninsured and underinsured in our community. 
    On behalf of the Free Clinic and its Board of Directors, we would like to thank Tom Hodges- Golf Chairman, Dennis Johnson- the Lynchburg Chapter NAIFA president, Al Baughman - Past President, Cheryl Crouch,Warren Otey and their office staffs for organizing and hosting a very successful and well run tournament. We would also like to thank the numerous participants, hole sponsors and business contributors who insured this was a fun and successful event.
    Because of the current economic conditions, the Free Clinic has seen a substantial increase in our patient visits and eligibility screenings.  We greatly appreciate the support of the Lynchburg Chapter of NAIFA as they recognize the importance of the medical, dental, and pharmaceutical services for those in need in our community.

Robert H. Barlow
Executive Director


    It would take more than a balanced budget amendment to protect us from Congress. Such an amendment simply would give our unjust stewards another tool with which to screw the middle class to the wall. Each major political party has its own agenda(s), pet projects, etc. for the most part , it is self and party first; country last. Do they not realize that when the ship goes down, that they will go with it ?
    Genesis 41:1-57 (Holy Bible, KJV) ; Egypt’s Pharaoh had had two dreams. Seven lean cows ate seven fat cows. Seven thin ears of corn devoured seven rank and full ears.
    “And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled.” He called all the magicians and wise men of Egypt into session and related to them his dreams. None could interpret them. Then, an ungrateful chief butler (Genesis 40:12-23) was reminded of an Hebrew slave who had interpreted a dream for him.
    Pharaoh sent for this young man who was brought forth from the dungeon ; he shaved, presumably bathed, put on clean clothes, and presented himself to Pharaoh. After the troubled nobleman had related his dreams, Joseph replied thusly :
    The dream is one ... There come seven years of great plenty throughout.... Egypt : And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt: and the famine shall consume the land; ... Now... let Pharaoh  look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
    At this time, Joseph was thrust from the role of  a slave to the status of ruler. And he did a marvelous job of guiding Egypt thru seven good and seven bad years. Conversely, Congress has done a miserable job thru good years and bad years. Those phony polls claiming that the American people are not in favor or a tax increase are congressional lies. I have yet to talk to a single individual who is not willing to do what is necessary to get out suffocating debt under control.
    Bush II and a Republican-controlled Congress squandered a surplus, although some of that surplus was make believe money, and pushed us deeper into a sea of red ink, while simultaneously transferring $2 trillion from future generations to affect a tax cut for less than one per cent of taxpayers who just happened to be the wealthiest  in the nation. But there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around. We didn’t get to the threshold of bankruptcy overnight. Lets not let corporate lap dogs misdirect our attention with smoke and mirrors. Everybody in this nation, with so much as a half a brain, knows that a tax increase is highly essential. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Somebody has to pay for it. It certainly is not fair to lay that on future generations while simultaneously flirting with default which would make the Great Depression look like a penny ante poker game.
    Make no mistake. The GOP places a much higher priority on recapturing the White House in 2012 than on rescuing the nation. That is unconscionable, sad, economically illiterate, and treasonous.
Raymond Wilkerson
Good note

    Touching on a good note that brings to mind when most editorials are filled with tid-bits of recession, job loss, downsizing, healthcare reform, war and many other things to put a downer on your daily dilemmas.
    This was an event with an evening of sheer enjoyment and lots of memories shared of times spent during my old school days and some that came along after graduation from Liberty High in ‘69. It was Friday, May 27, at the Bedford Moose Lodge with a jam played by Tory Bailey’s band and ultimately some members that were there. His mom and dad, Vicki and Wayne Bailey’s band “Denim & Lace.” This was a real treat to be again among a band that was at one time forever booked in Bedford, Roanoke, Salem and Lynchburg.    
    Wayne’s brother, Greg, along with Tory and John Langhorne and Tory’s cousin, Travis Brown, make up the band today.  They have a CD out of five songs written by Tory for $6. They all sounded great and were really worth buying. Tory and I see often at Applebee’s in Bedford on Thursday night singing karaoke with Danny Barnard, “Shining Star” karaoke and all us singing fools and somewhat celebrities—one or two who should go for the “American Idol” show. Bedford really does have a lot of talented singers around and its always fun to get together each week there.
    Tory has been to Nashville, TN, in hopes of furthering his singing career with his mom and dad’s coaching him along. Without further adieu he returned to Bedford and went back into the work force, but is now back to writing those lyrics and strumming those chords and belting out those sultry sounds again.
    It was good to see Vicki and Wayne again. They still reside in Tennessee. I hope soon they’ll move back here to hometown Bedford. Wayne sang a couple of songs along with the band. He said, “I’m older and quite a bit grayer, but I’ll do the best I can.” He hasn’t lost it at all, he was just as strong and still as good looking as ever. Vicki, she would have sung but was battling some head and chest congestion and was unable to hit the high notes she was so known for. She sat back and took this night in enjoying her son entertaining the crowd.
    We all enjoyed it so much so I’m sure we will have them returning again and hope that this is the beginning of talent to be discovered.
    Just felt I needed to let everyone in on what’s going on in Bedford that truly has the making of a star and could also make a evening of sheer fun and entertainment for you. Let’s give them all the support we can.

Sherry Phillips

Master Garden found in Forest

    If you travel down Perrowville Road to a sign, “Groveland Farm,” you will find Whitney Grove, 90 years old, in a straw hat and work clothes picking red, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, beans, cantaloupes, and watermelon, just to mention a few of his fresh vegetables and fruit.
    He places them on a nearby table for family, friends and neighbors to come by and help themselves. There’s enough to supply the entire neighborhood.
    However, this is not his first “love.” It’s the “music” in the background of his Black Angus cattle that makes the picking easier!

Leta Lester

Elephants in the house

    The 2010 newly elected Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives since taking office on Jan. 5, 2011, have been working on legislation to repeal existing Democratic legislation passed between 2010-2011.
    On January 7, 2011, the newly elected Republicans took control of the House of Representatives leaving the U.S. Senate controlled by the Democrats. The Republican House chose on their first day of work NOT to introduce new legislation to reduce the national debt or to rebuild the economy or to create jobs. Instead, they did begin the process to repeal the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act by introducing legislation to do away with important women’s health issues and to bring an end to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (Source: U.S. Congressional Roll Call Votes 1-7-11). During the same time, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress were creating over 2 million jobs and securing Social Security,  Medicare and Medicaid until 2029 for all Americans (Source: Congressional Record 2010-2011).
    Point being, it appears that the plan of the Republican leadership in Congress under House Speaker J. Boehner and supported in lockstep vote by 5th District Representative R. Hurt is to stall progress on the recovering economy and to stymie job creation and to default on the national debt while criticizing the President until the 2012 election in hopes of a win. Americans deserve leadership that solves problems not creates problems.
    For the past three years the Democrats have had a real working plan in action to rebuild our economy and create jobs. Look around Bedford at restaurant parking lots full of cars of people who are eating out and spending money. Look at the car dealership lots where there are many more new cars and trucks for sale. Stimulus money bailed out General Motors putting people back to work while at the same time repaying the government. On any given day Walmart parking lot is full of cars of the people inside stores shopping. Notice that small businesses around town have hired students and seasonal workers for the summer. Many large and small companies are still holding back on company growth and job creation waiting to see if America defaults on the national debt in August.
    President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress are taking action to preserve the future of all Americans. Elephants in the House could make a great contribution to our Nation by placing their political agenda on hold and cooperating with the President and Congress for the common good for all citizens.

Diana Persinger

Doesn’t make sense
    Why do young men and women who serve in the U. S.  military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, only get 50 percent of their pay when they retire back into civilian life, while politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, receive full pay retirement after serving just one term in office.
     It just doesn’t make sense.  But then again, given the current legislative actions going on in our U. S. Congress, does anything really make any sense?  The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living. 
    What is happening to our once great nation?  Think my fellow citizens, think!  Our Founding Fathers established a Republic not a Democracy.  A government under the rule of law with a Constitution containing a system of checks and balances.  They established the Congress which is composed of two parts, or Houses; the Senate and the House of Representatives.  The elected members of Congress back then were true Statesmen, not Politicians.  They remained that way for many decades.  I ask today: “Where have those Statesmen gone?” 
    The late Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, gave a wise definition of members of Congress, which I consider to be so true.  He said: “A Statesmen asks himself, ‘What must I do for the betterment of my constituents’?”  A Politician asks himself, ‘What do I need to do to get elected’?”  
    Our nation has deteriorated into control of the people by a power-seeking bunch of Politicians, backed by the powerful media and manipulating lobbyists.  To some degree, the voting public are to blame for the state of our nation today.  I am saddened that our national dilemma has likely reached a point of no return.  At my age I may not be too adversely  affected, but I feel sorry for my children and grandchildren who will have to live in the world these greedy fools are making.  Let me end with, possibly, the five truest sentences you’ll ever read:
    1.  You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth      out of poverty.
    2.  What one person receives without working for, another person must work for, without receiving.
    3.  The government cannot give to anyone anything that the government does not first take from someone else.
    4.  You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
    5.  When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for; that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
George Kelly

System of

    You would think that after 235 years the best form of government would have been established in America, but there are still really basic issues that are very hotly contested such as:
    Federalism versus States Rights; Christianity versus Atheism (Secularism); Capitalism versus Socialism.
    I believe the Christianity and Capitalism advocated by the Republican Party is better than the Atheism and Socialism advocated by the Democratic Party.  Democrats also favor the power of federal central control and planning, because they are able to force a single concept on all the people, if they control the government.  Forcing a single concept, prevents competition that would show some concepts are better than others.   Most states being run by Republican Governors are showing surpluses but states run by Democratic Governors are still showing deficits.  
    I favor Christianity and Capitalism because I believe the best way to live life is to invest in family, church, job and politics.   A lot of people invest in excessive wine, women and song, then wake up one day and realize they are in poverty.  Then they want wealth redistribution/sharing so they can have a piece of the pie.  I believe God blesses those that make good investments and curses those that make bad investments. I believe the best thing for a person in poverty is to accept Jesus Christ as Lord/Savior and commit to following the commandments/doctrines of the Bible, then attend a church regularly to learn more about how to make good investments.
    Socialism is like giving a person a fish and Christianity is like teaching a person how to fish.
    Socialism would be unnecessary if we could eliminate Atheism but Democrats are forcing the Atheistic concept of  homosexuality on America by the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and now Democrats are considering the repeal of DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act. I really do not see how any Christian could be a Democrat. The pathetic thing is that the Atheistic Liberal News and Entertainment Industry glamorizes the Atheistic Lifestyle of excessive wine, women and song.
    I favor Christianity and Capitalism because they both represent personal responsibility and accountability. I believe Capitalism is good when it represents a just reward for good service as described in the Bible.
    I believe the excesses of Capitalism can be controlled by Christianity because the Bible criticizes both the rich and poor.  Proverbs 30:8-9 states, “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
    I believe Christians should strive for the middle ground of prosperity.
    When I see Capitalism being attacked by Democrats, Atheists and the Atheistic Liberal News Media it is obvious this is a political attack on Republicans who believe in Christianity and Capitalism. Socialism can be made to sound good, but most nations that have tried Socialism end up in financial trouble like Spain, Greece and Italy. America is in financial trouble because America has gotten too far into Socialism and electing any Democrat will result in America moving further into Socialism and Atheism. An attack on Capitalism is like killing the goose that laid the golden egg.
    There have some well publicized/propagandized examples of the disasters produced by Capitalism, but there are examples of disasters produced by Socialism. The recession/depression we are in was produced by the Economic Reinvestment Act, a social justice program by Democrats, that encouraged/forced banks to make sub prime loans.
    The worst thing about Socialism is that it prevents a person from examining themselves and removing the things that are creating their problems.Christians are constantly reminded to examine themselves.
    This is what I believe, but then it is your choice of what you believe and how you vote.
    I invite you to join the Bedford Republican Committee. http://bedfordrepublicans.com/

Clifford D. Russell