Letters 09/28/11

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Why reversion?

    As a Bedford County resident and business owner, I appreciate the recent article, “Common questions about reversion.” (9/21/11)
    The article was somewhat informative, but I am still confused as to exactly why the decision is being made for Bedford City to revert back to a town. It would be great to read a story that would state, in layman terms, what the positive and negative aspects of this merger between city and county would be.
    For example, does this mean that my personal and business taxes are going to change in any way after the merger?

Eric LaBorie

Where else, but in Bedford?

    Having had a special interest in the Sept. 14, 2011, issue of the “Bedford Bulletin,” I was disappointed not to find it in my mailbox on Sept. 15. In contacting my postal carrier, I was told that she was certain that the paper was placed in my mailbox that day. However, she made a special trip on my mail route to check other boxes in the event there had been an error.
    Not finding the answer, she suggested I request another copy of the “Bedford Bulletin” be sent to me by mail. This I did. It was sent, not by mail, but was hand delivered to my door the same day by a “Bedford Bulletin” employee.
    My thanks to both of these dedicated people.

Becky Allison

Spreading the word
    This year, 43 New York City children found out once again just how special summer is in the Greater Lynchburg area. Fresh Air Fund hosts, volunteers and local supporters dedicated their time and efforts to help these inner-city youngsters experience simple summertime pleasures, including afternoons of swimming, fishing at sunset and roasting s’mores over a campfire.
    None of this would be possible without Mary Poe, your local Fresh Air Fund volunteer leader, who works throughout the year to make sure host families and children have the opportunity to enjoy memorable summertime experiences together. I invite you to join Mary Poe and the local Fresh Air Fund committee to help spread the word about the wonderful opportunity of hosting next summer.
    The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to over 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. For more information on how you can help to continue this wonderful tradition of volunteering, please call Mary Poe at (434) 239-5590 or visit www.freshair.org.
Jenny Morgenthau
Executive Director

The ‘big tail’

    Having owned a “big tail” Stinson 108, John Barnhart’s comments about the airplane in this week’s Bulletin caught my attention.
    The “big tail” was a fix to correct for a design error.  A larger tail wheel was also part of the “big tail” modification.
    The Stinson 108 had a wide fuselage which I loved because of the elbow room in the front two seats.  The wide fuselage blanketed the airflow over the original tail surfaces during rollout of a three-point landing.  This coupled with a small tail wheel made for difficulty of directional control during the latter part of the landing rollout.  The drag of the wide fuselage also was responsible for a 108 mph airspeed but with the wide comfortable seats, who cared.
    The station-wagon part of the designation was due to easily folded down rear seats that presented cargo tie down brackets for hauling a payload in that space. Farmers used to airdrop emergency feed for livestock when they were snowed in a remote field.
    One drawback to the Voyager was the Franklin engine which originally developed cracks in the cast-iron oil pan. If you parked the plane in a high humidity environment the steel valve guide in the one cylinder would rust up requiring the removal of the spark plug and using a screwdriver and hammer to free the stuck valve.
Malcolm Marsh Jr.
Orlando, Fla.

Keep Poindexter

    Charles Poindexter, R - Delegate, the 9th Assembly District, has worked with Governor Bob McDonnell to give Virginia a budget surplus and low unemployment. Charles knows that keeping taxes low and removing regulations created by faceless un-elected bureaucrats will encourage businesses to hire and expand. President Obama promised to make electric rates skyrocket and bankrupt companies with new coal-fired power plants. Ward Armstrong says he is for low utility rates, but has been a sycophant for President Obama and his attacks on the coal industry. 
    Obama’s policies for the energy industry have been detrimental to both existing and potential jobs in Virginia. Appalachian Power is closing coal-fired power plants because of costs in meeting new pollution requirements. Coal mines have been adversely affected by added regulations, and the Federal Government has stopped Virginia from exploring for off-shore oil. Ward Armstrong has not made one statement to criticize these policies that create obstacles for Virginia’s energy industry. 
    President Ronald Reagan once said that “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” He could well have been describing Ward Armstrong’s views on the economy. His record on taxes isn’t good for Southern Virginia businesses and won’t help attract jobs. He doesn’t understand that profits employ and taxes destroy. 
    We want to keep Delegate Poindexter working for us in Richmond. To do that, we must re-elect him in November. The liberal left-wing press and the Democrats need to understand that principles and values, not coffers of campaign cash, win elections in Southside Virginia. We demonstrated that in 2010. Please join me in supporting Charles Poindexter.

Marlin Thompson
Boones Mill